- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Despite announcing his willingness to consider a career change, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster has not been officially contacted about a head coaching position.

At a Wednesday press conference to formally accept an invitation to play the University of Georgia in the Dec. 30 Chick Fil A Bowl in Atlanta, Hokies head coach Frank Beamer said he had not been contacted in regards to any of his staff.

But, he did not expect the silence to last.

“Well, I think when you’ve got good coaches, and these are good ones, other people are going to want them,” Beamer said. “I don’t know that anything is happening right now, but I expect we’re going to have some of that to deal with.”

After years of relative stability, Beamer lost four members of his coaching staff prior to the 2006 season. Foster, a four time finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant, had routinely denied interest in moving on earlier in his 20 year career with the Hokies.

After a shutout win over rival Virginia to finish the 2006 season, however, Foster announced his openness to a move into a head coaching role.

“Yeah, you know my deal is any coach on my staff that’s done a great job here and it’s a move up for them and they want to take that move, then I’m for it,” Beamer said. “And I’ll help them any way I possibly can, whether it’s Bud or whether it’s whomever.”

The 60-year old head coach, who had been mentioned in connection with the opening at Alabama, said the only calls he had received in regards to job openings had been informal inquiries about his own status — which has not changed.

“As long as they’ll have me around here, this is where I plan to be,” he said.

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