You know those times when you just can’t remember where someone coaches at for the life of you? Like, when someone asks you where Brad Stevens used to coach before going to the Boston Celtics? The only people who probably know that are Celtics fans, avid sports fans, and obviously fans of the school where he used to coach, Butler.
It’s okay if you are fan and don’t remember who the coach is for your team’s opponent. But if you’re the head coach, you should definitely know who your opponent’s head coach is.
In a feature article by Bleacher Report’s Lars Anderson, we learn about a conversation between Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer and then-head coach of the Stanford Cardinal, Jim Harbaugh. It was a rather odd one as Harbaugh, who coached against Beamer’s Hokies in the 2010 Orange Bowl, thought that he was the coach at Georgia Tech at the time.
“After we take some pictures, we start talking, just the two of us,” Beamer said. “Jim says over and over how much respect he has for Georgia Tech. He must have said it five times. I’m just looking at him like, ‘Are you serious?’
“Finally, I’m joking with him and I say I can’t wait to tell my team that you called us Georgia Tech. Because, you know, we’re Virginia Tech.”
“Well,” Harbaugh finally told Beamer. “I can’t wait to tell my players that you said you were going to play Samford, not Stanford!” He then turned and walked away.
I wonder how the actual Georgia Tech head coach, Paul Johnson, felt about this. It wouldn’t be as bad if Beamer hasn’t been the coach at Virginia Tech since 1987.
Let’s hope Harbaugh doesn’t think Mark Dantonio coaches at Wisconsin.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports