- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer has been rewarded a contract extension that that expires on Dec. 31, 2016, the school announced on Saturday.
Hokies fans should be thrilled at this news, as Beamer is one of the best coaches in the country and staff stability has been one of the driving factors in the program’s success.
But what does this mean for defensive coordinator Bud Foster?
Beamer will be 64 in October. After former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden resigned, Beamer became the most tenured coach in the ACC, having accepted the job at his alma mater in 1987. He has said that he doesn’t plan on coaching as long as Bowden did or Joe Paterno will.
Even seven more years, though, is a long time for an aspiring head coach to wait -- especially one as well-respected as Foster. He was courted this past offseason by Georgia coach Mark Richt, Florida coach Urban Meyer, and FSU coach Jimbo Fisher -- coaches who needed to hire defensive coordinators.
Right now, there’s no coach-in-waiting plan for the Hokies’ beloved Foster. The closest thing to a vote of confidence Foster has received was his latest contract annuity.
This past December, Foster and Virginia Tech struck a sweet deal intended to keep Foster on the Hokies’ sidelines for the next five seasons. He will receive a one-time annuity payment if he’s still with the team at the end of the 2014 season.
This has to make you wonder if he’ll stick around long enough to get it.
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