Go Tech Go, Part 37: Beamer’s Coaching Hires Turn Things Around

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Frank Beamer, photo courtesy of Virginia Tech sports photography

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To quote Sam Cooke: “A Change Is Gonna Come”

As the 1992 season mercifully closed, Frank Beamer faced some tough decisions, but he had been through this before. A year earlier he bid goodbye to former Hokie teammates Duke Strager and Larry Creekmore, which had been very difficult for him.

So difficult, in fact, that he couldn’t bring himself to do it.

Two days after he’d confided to Assistant Head Coach Billy Hite that he had to let them go, Hite noticed the two coaches were still sitting in their offices.

Hite finally went to Beamer and said, “Coach, do you want ME to do it for you?”

And now Frank Beamer knew he had to make changes again. On November 26, he dismissed tight ends coach and former teammate Tommy Groom, shifted defensive secondary coach Keith Jones to wide receivers, and reassigned defensive coordinator Mike Clark to an undisclosed role.

And so it was publicly official: Beamer would return for 1993 – but with an altered staff.

“We’re at a crossroads right now,” Athletic Director Dave Braine

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