It has been a rough stretch for Virginia Tech. After eight-straight 10 win seasons, the Hokies have managed only 22 wins in the past three years leaving many to wonder if the game had passed head coach Frank Beamer by.
At the ACC Kickoff on Tuesday, however, the 68-year-old Beamer appeared rejuvenated and let everyone know the thought of retirement was nowhere in his mind.
“I still like it,” Beamer said. “I mean, right now the challenge of trying to make a team that you think has good ability, making them a good football team, I like that challenge. That's kind of what drives me.”
After undergoing throat surgery at the end of the 2014 season that largely kept him away from the team’s preparations for the Military Bowl, questions began to spread regarding the coach’s health. The surgery forced him off the sidelines and into the press box for the game. It also left his voice too weak to speak after the win.
Given his age, it would not have been surprising to see Beamer, the winningest active coach in the FBS, step aside.
But, as he told reporters, Beamer has some unfinished business left in Blacksburg.
“We need to get back to where we were a few years ago,” Beamer said. “Last few years we haven’t been as successful as we need to be. For our players and our fans, students, the whole deal, we want to get back there.”
The Hokies may just have the talent to do it. The running back corps that was destroyed by injuries last season returns healthy, quarterback Michael Brewer had a full offseason with the team which he did not have last year, the offense returns its three leading receivers in Isaiah Ford, Bucky Hodges and Cam Phillips and the defense is supposed to be great again as per usual.
Plus, they have a coach who sounds like he can't wait to get back on the sidelines.
Said Beamer, “The health is good. I feel good. I feel excited. … Everything is good in Blacksburg.”