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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Frank Beamer will pass Tressel

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer is the winningest active coach in the ACC. Beamer has 240 victories in 30 years as a head coach -- 24 at Virginia Tech and six at Murray State -- and is currently third among all active FBS head coaches, just one win behind second-place former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel (241).

Frank Beamer
Coach Frank Beamer's Hokies are the only team in the nation to win at least 10 games in each of the past seven seasons.
As you might have heard, Tressel is done coaching the Buckeyes.

Beamer, meanwhile, is still chasing a national title.

And this season, with Tressel sidelined from the game, Beamer should join Penn State's Joe Paterno as the top two active winningest coaches in the country. Beamer’s 30-year overall record is 240- 118-4. He should finish this season with 250 wins. Why? Because that's what he does -- consistently produces 10-win seasons. Virginia Tech is the only team in the nation to win at least 10 games in each of the past seven seasons, and with the Hokies favored to win the Coastal Division again, there's no reason to think they can't keep the streak alive.

There's no guarantee that Beamer will hold the No. 2 spot among college football's elite, as it's possible Tressel will coach again somewhere else. There should be a guarantee, though, that whenever Beamer's career is over, his legacy is that of one of college football's best coaches -- with or without a national title.

Beamer has already cemented his place among his peers.

Tressel's resignation just helped him bump it up a notch.