Fuente’s First Task: Assemble a Coaching Staff

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Justin Fuente is Virginia Tech's next head coach.
Justin Fuente is Virginia Tech’s next head coach.

Now that Justin Fuente has been hired as Virginia Tech’s next, his next step will be assembling a coaching staff. From there, he can work to keep Tech’s 2016 recruiting class intact, as well as add a few players of his own.

We already know that Bud Foster is being retained. If I had to guess, that means Charley Wiles will be back as well, because he and Foster are joined at the hip. I’ve heard Torrian Gray’s status is up in the air. Gray could be looking at other opportunities, and that could include the NFL. I believe he would be welcome to stay on the staff if he chooses, though that’s just a guess on my part.

A few different sources have told me that nobody on the offensive staff will be retained, and Cornell Brown will be gone as well. The ESPN reports that Shane Beamer will remain aren’t true, at least not in the way that those reports were originally interpreted. It’s possible that Beamer could stay on in a support position (I.E. the old Jim Cavanaugh/Billy Hite roles after they were reassigned following the 2011 season), but he will not have a role in coaching at Virginia Tech from here on out.

Reports indicate that wide receivers coach Holman Wiggins and TE/ST coach James Shibest will be following Fuente from Memphis. Assuming that’s true, Fuente already has four out of the nine assistants that he’ll need to complete his staff. Torrian Gray could