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“We haven’t talked about it,” Beamer said. “All we’ve talked about is this bowl game and Rutgers.”

Beamer altered his coaching staff after the 2010 season, adding his son, Shane Beamer, and Cornell Brown to the group and pushing Billy Hite and Jim Cavanaugh out of on-field coaching assignments.

Might another overhaul be looming?

“In our profession, that’s always in the back of your mind, unfortunately,” O’Cain, a Tech aide since 2006, said. “It’s just a part of the profession. There’s nothing we can do about that. If it happens, it happens. There have been rumors probably since I’ve been here about that. So you just take what happens and if you don’t like it, that’s part of the profession. It’s happened before.”

Currently, Stinespring is the Hokies’ offensive coordinator and coaches the tight ends and tackles, while O'Cain coaches the quarterbacks and calls the plays. Shane Beamer is the associate head coach and works with the running backs. Curt Newsome coaches the offensive guards and centers.

Despite patching together an adequate-though-unspectacular offensive line this season, finding a way to replace four starters from the 2011 team and then surviving the loss of junior center Andrew Miller to an ankle injury, Newsome is among the most mentioned candidates to be replaced.

Tech will have to replace both offensive tackles next season. Right tackle Vinston Painter and left tackle Nick Becton are both seniors.

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