Former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer has been named the keynote speaker at Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s coaching clinic, according to a tweet from Michigan recruiting director Chris Partridge.
Keynote Speaker! The Legend, The Special Teams Guru himself! I know I'll be in the first row! Don't miss this one pic.twitter.com/6hkKi6PbmI
— Chris Partridge (@CoachCPartridge) January 20, 2016
Per a report from MLive, nearly 1,000 coaches have signed up for the clinic, and rightfully so now that Beamer is the keynote speaker. Beamer spent 29 years coaching Virginia Tech and though he never won a national championship, he reeled off 23 consecutive winning seasons and retired after the 2015 season with a career record of 280-143-4 in a career that also saw a stint at Murray State.
Beamer and Harbaugh also have something of a history, as Bleacher Report reported last year. When Harbaugh was the coach of Stanford in 2010, the Cardinal were slated to face Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Harbaugh and Beamer were having a chat in the days leading up to the game and Harbaugh accidentally called Beamer’s team “Georgia Tech” and when Beamer corrected him, Harbaugh could only respond as follows.
“Well,” Harbaugh finally told Beamer. “I can’t wait to tell my players that you said you were going to play Samford, not Stanford!”
Stanford went on to win that game 40-12, so perhaps Beamer will address that story in his speech.
Either way, with Beamer as keynote speaker, Harbaugh’s clinic should be a great one.
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