Beamer Leaves a Legacy of In-State Dominance

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Another year, another win over UVA. The Hokies made it 12 straight against their in-state rivals on Saturday. The game was similar to last year’s game, except it was played on the road in Charlottesville.

I’m not so sure that didn’t play into Tech’s hands, though. The Hokies are 1-3 in home ACC games this season, while they are 3-1 on the road. Last year, the Hokies were 1-3 at home and 2-2 on the road. In 2013, they were 2-2 at home and 3-1 on the road. That’s a total ACC record of 4-8 at home and 8-4 on the road over the last three seasons. If you feel better about road games than home games these days, that’s why.

Frank Beamer
Mike London congratulates Frank Beamer over yet another win over UVA.

Beamer’s Biggest Accomplishment?

Frank Beamer took Virginia Tech to the brink of a National Championship in 1999. He routinely had the Hokies in the top 10, and even the top 5. His teams won multiple conference championships, and Tech’s program was one of the best in the country.

Despite all that, to me his biggest accomplishment is the stranglehold he put on UVA. Beamer took over a program that was on probation and not in a conference. Tech began Big East play in 1993, and finally had a full complement of scholarship players that year as well. Once those things happened, things began to take off.

Beamer vs. the Hoos can be broken down into three eras.

1987-92: The Losing