Frank Beamer's contract with Virginia Tech has been extended through 2016.
Let's be very clear on this point: we at FBS believe that Virginia Tech football is the House That Frank Built. Beamer can and will be the head coach at VT for as long as he feels like putting in another season of work and there will not be a cross word out of the admins of this blog. But in light of this most recent extension there are a few things that I feel need to be discussed.
1.) The extension of Frank Beamer's contract is in effect an extension of Bryan Stinespring as offensive coordinator.
There's no reason to beat around the bush on this one. Stinespring is Beamer's boy. As long as Beamer's holding the reins, Stinespring will not be terminated. If Stiney didn't get canned after the 2009 season then he's basically fireproof.
That's not to say we're giving up the cause here at FBS. Should the offense start to look less like 2010 and more like 2007-09 then we will operate under the premise that if we make Stinespring's seat hot enough he'll jump off of it himself.
2.) Jim Weaver needs to get serious about Bud Foster.
Allow me to interject here that in general I (the IH, personally, not indicative of the opinions of his fellow FBS admins) do not believe in Head Coach in Waiting deals. I think they're a genuinely bad idea on a number of levels. They will either turn out to be meaningless, like Will Muschamp's deal at Texas (who honestly believes Muschamp would turn down a head coaching job at a top-tier BCS school because of his HCIW deal with UT?) or create a detrimental power struggle like Jimbo Fisher's deal at F$U (details are just beginning to leak out about how much of a clusterf*ck that situation really was).
So I don't think it would be a good idea for Jim Weaver to announce Bud Foster as head coach in waiting at Virginia Tech, especially since we now know that he'll be "in waiting" for seven years. And the $800,000 annuity waiting for Bud at the end of the 2014 season pretty much guarantees that as long as he's a DC, he'll be the DC in Blacksburg.
But I also think Jim Weaver needs to sit down with Bud Foster, look him in the eye, and tell Bud that he is the first man he wants to interview when Beamer finally steps down, regardless of where Bud might be coaching at that point.
I realize there's a very good chance that just such a conversation has already taken place, so I also believe that Jim Weaver should structure a second annuity for Bud Foster, for another $800,000, payable if Foster is still the defensive coordinator to begin the 2017 season. It's a gesture of faith and good will on the part of Virginia Tech athletics to the man who defended Virginia Tech's reputation of national powerhouse (pun intended) throughout the tenure of one of the worst offensive coordinators any BCS title contender has ever employed.
FBS Mission Statement:
We at FBS believe that offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring bears the largest share of the blame for years of sub-par output from some of the most talented players ever to set foot on Worsham Field. We believe the main objective of the VT football program - a national championship - will escape us as long as Stinespring is making the calls. We therefore advocate the improvement of our football program through the replacement of our offensive coordinator.