As attentive college football fans know, the Virginia Tech Hokies are long-established as one of the premier defenses across the country. Big plays on both defense and special teams have highlighted head coach Frank Beamer’s tenure with the Hokies and defensive coordinator Bud Foster deserves credit for facilitating that success.
Athletic director Whit Babcock affirmed those sentiments and gave Foster a five-year extension. The deal comes as no surprise and could be a sign of Foster, a 55 year old, becoming the eventual air apparent to Beamer. Beamer, who’s closing in on age 70, is now in his 25th season as head coach and could retire in the near future.
“I feel good about Bud being a part of our program,” Babcock said during a phone interview Monday morning. “He’s incredibly valuable. I fully realize how important he is to our success. And I feel like we’ll be in a position in the coming days to talk more on that. He’s a big part of it. I feel good about it and confident that he’ll be a part of it moving forward.”
Although other head coaching vacancies have opened, Foster remained committed to the program and did not reach out to any other schools.
Foster’s contract extension includes a significant pay raise from his previous $500,000 annual salary making him one of the highest paid coordinators in the ACC.
Despite Virginia Tech’s 6-6 record and one of the conference’s worst offenses, Foster’s defense has compensated for the struggles allowing the Hokies to reach the Military Bowl where they will square off against the Cincinnati Bearcats. The defense ranks second in scoring defense and fifth in total defense respectively while keeping Virginia Tech in several close games.
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