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1) When Bud retired (but stayed on staff with the athletic department) and Justin Hamilton was hired, you speculated that Bud might be the best “advisor” we could ever have similar to SEC hires. Is he involved behind the scenes advising JHam? – vtce2000
Chris Coleman: I got a similar question via email, so this is definitely something that I want to address, and with Hamilton likely making his debut as defensive coordinator in tomorrow’s game, this is an appropriate time.
I originally thought it was going to be that way, but it’s not that way at all. Bud Foster is completely done with football. He’ll do some alumni events and such, and meet with high-level boosters, because he’s still being paid for that, but other than that he’s living life exactly as any retired person who is worth seven figures should be living. He’s relaxing, and doing things that he enjoys that don’t generate any stress or pressure.
Here’s what he Tweeted back when camp began…
— Bud Foster (@coachfostervt) July 31, 2020
And here’s a similar one more recently…
— Bud Foster (@coachfostervt) August 31, 2020
Virginia Tech hired very experienced defensive coaches like Tracy Claeys and Bill Teerlinck to help Justin Hamilton with his adjustment period as a defensive coordinator. You don’t want too many chefs in the kitchen. Plus, and this is just speculation on my part, Bud just doesn’t want to do it anyway, for a couple of reasons.
1: Bud’s health was poor a couple of years ago, and he got tired of the grind as a result. I don’t blame him. And of course, he recently remarried....
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