For years, many thought Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster was the coach-in-waiting for when Frank Beamer decided to step down. Although as we’ve seen over the past couple weeks, Virginia Tech wasn’t actually thinking that way as they hired Justin Fuentes from Memphis to succeed Beamer.
Even after the supposed slight, Foster is staying with the team, saying he has put in too much to leave now.
“I’m rooted in here. We put a lot of blood, sweat and tears in this place,” Foster said Monday. “It wasn’t hard. I wouldn’t have stayed here for as long as I’ve had if I didn’t feel like we had the opportunity to win at the highest level. I feel that more than ever right now.”
Foster will be staying on as the defensive coordinator for Fuentes’ staff, a huge positive in providing stability through the transition. In addition, the Hokies have consistently been one of the better defensive teams in the ACC, and with Foster still in place that should remain the case.
Still, Foster acknowledged that he aims to be a head coach one day.
“I always wanted to be a head coach. This would be a dream job. I’m happy with where I am. I’ll never be bitter. I won’t cry myself to sleep wishing “what-ifs” and they type of thing. My goal is to be the best football coach I can possibly be. I want to help this program be the best football program it can possibly be.”
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