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Thursday, October 13, 2005

VT Shows Beamer the Money

Frank Beamer is Virginia Tech Football

Over the past 18 years, the term "Beamerball" has become synonymous with the hard-nosed, lunchpail style defense, ground game and special teams that have typified Virginia Tech football teams and players over that span.

Three Big East Titles, One ACC Title, 12 consecutive bowl appearances, 1999 consensus National Coach of the Year, and a 141-77-2 (and counting) record are just a few of the accolades that Beamer has collected as coach of his Alma Mater.

Today, Virginia Tech finally came to a contract agreement with the program's most successful coach. The contract will keep Beamer in Blacksburg through at least 2012 and includes an option for three more years. Beamer will earn a base salary of over $2 million per year and he is worth every penny. The contract also includes substantial raises for Beamer's assistant coaches, which had been the sticking point that had prevented an agreement being reached before now.

I believe that Beamer will eventually be remembered as one of college football's greatest coaches for taking a program that had previously known mostly mediocrity and turning it into a perennial national power. Should the Hokies manage to capture a National Championship, they will certainly join the ranks of America's "elite" college football programs.

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