Frank Beamer still has one month left as coach as Virginia Tech prepares for its bowl game, but on Monday the Justin Fuente era began as he was formally introduced as the new head coach.
In his lengthy remarks leading up to Fuente's introduction, athletics director Whit Babcock first took time to address Beamer's future with the program saying he will have whatever sort of role he wants going forward.
Babcock then went on to introduce Fuente, going into detail about how they first met, what qualities drew him to Fuenete and the type of success he expects Fuente to bring to Blacksburg.
"Heck, with all those attributes I just mentioned, we should never lose a game and I'm planning on going undefeated," Babcock said.
Fuente then took to the podium. He was quick to thank Beamer for his time as the two met on Sunday evening. As humble as Beamer is, Fuente noted how intimidating it was to enter into Beamer's office and see all the awards the legendary coach has accumulated over the years.
While Beamer may be leaving, another Virginia Tech institution will remain in Blacksburg as Bud Foster has agreed to stay with the team. Fuente also thanked Foster for remaining on as defensive coordinator.
Fuente was considered one of the top coaching candidates in the nation, but said he only was interested in Virginia Tech. "I have admired this program from afar for many years," Fuente said.
Fuente built his reputation as a coach with his offensive acumen. When asked what his offensive philosophy was, he stated he was unique in that it stemmed from his appreciation of the defense.
While Virginia Tech may be gaining a head coach, Memphis will be losing theirs. All the excitement in Blacksburg surrounding their new coach can only be matched by the disappointed of the Tigers in seeing Fuente leave. He was asked what it was like telling his players that he was leaving and called it "maybe the hardest conversation I've ever had in coaching."
Finally, Fuente was asked what he would be looking for in a quarterback. As a former quarterback himself, he should know what it takes to be successful.
"I don't want guys who were like me at quarterback," Fuente said.