Friday Q&A: May 20, 2011

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Today’s Friday Q&A discusses assistant coaches under Frank Beamer who
have gone on, or will go on, to be head coaches. Other topics are playcalling
under Mike O’Cain, and goals for the offense and defense this season.

1) How many head coaches has Frank Beamer produced, not counting Rickey
Bustle? Is there a trend there? If so, what does it suggest?

Chris Coleman: Not counting Rickey Bustle? The answer would be one. Lou
West was the defensive backs coach at Virginia Tech from 1995 through 1998
before leaving for Notre Dame. He went on to become the defensive coordinator at
Toledo, and was later the head coach at 1-AA Indiana State. He wasn’t a
particularly successful head coach, going 1-25 and getting canned in the middle
of the 2007 season.

Technically speaking, Ron Zook would count as well. He was Virginia Tech’s
defensive coordinator in 1987. Though he spent just one year in Blacksburg, he
did go on to become the head coach of the Florida Gators and the Illinois
Fighting Illini.

Amongst the other assistant coaches, there has been some interest from other
schools. James Madison wanted to interview Billy Hite back in 1999, but he
didn’t have any interest. Billy knew he had it made in Blacksburg.

Obviously Bud Foster has drawn interest from a lot of schools. He interviewed
at Clemson a couple of years ago, and probably finished second to Dabo Swinney
(nice decision making, Tigers). Vanderbilt was interested this past season, but
Foster was not.

The fact is that Bud Foster could have been a head coach somewhere by now, if
he wanted to be. There are lower level 1-A schools, as well as 1-AA schools,
that would hire him in a heartbeat. Foster doesn’t want one of those jobs
though. He wants a BCS job, or he wants to be Virginia Tech’s defensive
coordinator. One or the other.

I think Bryan Stinespring can be a head coach one day. If I were in charge at
ODU, and if Bobby Wilder ever left, I would be all over Bryan Stinespring.
Particularly if that is around the time that Frank Beamer is about to retire.
The only head coach Stinespring has worked for is Frank Beamer.

Whenever Beamer retires, I think Stiney would