Beamer hopes successor comes from his staff


Beamer hopes successor comes from his staff

Frank Beamer may not be thinking about retirement, but that doesn't mean he hasn't thought about who will take his place.

On Tuesday, Beamer visited ESPN's campus in Bristol, Conn. and made his thoughts on a possible successor very clear.

"I've got a great staff of very competent people," Beamer told ESPN's Mark Schlabach. "Hopefully, someone from the staff will be chosen to be the next coach at Virginia Tech."

It's not hard to guess who would be at the top of Beamer's wish list.

Defensive coordinator Bud Foster, 56, has spent his entire coaching career working for Beamer, first in Murray State and then at Virginia Tech. He became the defensive coordinator in 1995 and is now considered one of the best defensive minds in the country.

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Foster has spurned offers from other schools including most recently an offer to join Kevin Sumlin's staff as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, electing instead to sign a five-year extension at Virginia Tech. At 68, Beamer will most likely retire before Foster's new contract is up, signaling perhaps that Foster is the unofficial coach in waiting in Blacksburg.

But did another candidate emerge last season?

At the end of the regular season in 2014, Beamer underwent throat surgery that kept him away during much of the team's preparations for the Military Bowl and off of the sidelines for the game. In his stead, associate head coach Shane Beamer took on much of the responsibility of leading the team.

Shane Beamer, 38, has been with Virginia Tech since 2011 as the running backs coach. The team certainly seemed to respond to his coaching in the Military Bowl as the Hokies crushed Cincinnati 33-17.

"I can a make case for both of them," Beamer said. "Certainly, they're both viable. I think Bud is the best in the country at what he does, and he certainly deserves an opportunity. I think Shane is very good at what he does. He understands the details of being a coach. I think he understands the details of what it takes to be a good head coach."

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats


Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.


Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.


The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.