South Carolina names Oklahoma’s Beamer its football coach
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina has made it official, hiring ex-assistant Shane Beamer as its head football coach. The son of longtime Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer takes over for Will Muschamp, who was fired last month with three games left in the season. Beamer spent four seasons as a South Carolina assistant under Steve Spurrier from 2007-10. Beamer also worked for his father at Virginia Tech, Kirby Smart at Georgia and, for the past three seasons, Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma. With the Sooners, Beamer worked with teams that have made the past three College Football Playoffs.
Wiles expects return to Lane Stadium to bring ‘mixed’ feelings
NC State’s visit to Lane stadium will include a bittersweet homecoming for a member of there coaching staff. Assistant Charley Wiles spent 24 years alongside Bud Foster, and another two as a grad assistant under head coach Frank Beamer. But he’ll enter Lane stadium Saturday wearing the visiting Wolfpack colors. Wiles played for Coach Frank Beamer at Murray State as well. NC State at Virginia tech is set to kick off at 8 p.m. from Lane Stadium.
WATCH LIVE: Virginia Graduates Together
ROANOKE, Va. – Not being able to have a traditional graduation, Virginia is getting creative to celebrate the Class of 2020. Virginians are invited to join Gov. Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam in honoring the graduates during a statewide virtual celebration at 5 p.m. on FridayProminent Virginians appearing in the program include former Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, University of Virginia’s men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett, Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox, Denver Nuggets guard Troy Daniels, NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris, United States Senator Tim Kaine, Los Angeles Rams linebacker Micah Kiser, musician Dave Matthews, comedian Jay Pharoah, Virginia Beach Councilman Aaron Rouse, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, New York Liberty forward Megan Walker, United States Senator Mark Warner, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, actress Constance Wu, and World Series Champion Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
Halifax County voters to decide on sales tax for school improvements
On the ballot in Halifax County is a question about how it should pay for the construction or renovation of its high school. The ballot will ask for a yes or no vote for a sales tax increase of no more than 1%. Unlike the sales tax, which would pull in money from people who don't live there, property taxes only affect residents. "I think the sales tax is fair for everybody because everybody will pay their fair share towards the new high school, and we definitely need a new high school," Halifax County resident Jesse Spencer said. It makes more sense to spread the money over a lot of people rather than a few," Halifax County resident Robin Yates said.
Bud Foster to retire as Virginia Tech defensive coordinator after 2019 season
After the 2019 season, longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster will retire from coaching. "Virginia Tech has been home for 33 years and I'm grateful to continue doing what I love for one more season," Foster said. Getty Images Defensive coordinator Bud Foster of the Virginia Tech Hokies arrives at Lane Stadium prior to the game against the Boston College Eagles on September 17, 2016 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Over that same span, only Alabama (16.3 ppg) and Ohio State (17.0 ppg) have been better in scoring defense than Virginia Tech (18.1). Getty Images Head coach Frank Beamer (L) of the Virginia Tech Hokies celebrates with defensive coordinator Bud Foster (R) after the Hokies defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 28-21 at Lane Stadium on November 4, 2010 in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Frank Beamer returning to coaching for 2020 Polynesian Bowl
He'll be leading Team Makai in the 2020 Polynesian Bowl in Oahu, Hawaii, on Jan. 18, 2020. The Polynesian Bowl is an annual all-star game featuring 100 of the nation’s top senior high school football players. Beamer, of course, served as the head coach for Virginia Tech football, for 29 seasons until his retirement in 2015. He is the winningest coach in Tech history and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018. “The Polynesian Bowl is an incredible celebration of culture and football,” said Beamer.
More than 1,800 students graduate at Radford University
RADFORD, VA – Saturday was a day full of pride at Radford University, where more than 1,800 students graduated. "It's exciting to be ready to move on to the next step, and figure out what's going on with my life," said Tom Brady, graduate of Radford University. "I don't really know what else to say, because a lot of people have a dream to travel the world, and honestly mine was to graduate college," said Elonna Wright, graduate of Radford University. One of the main highlights to this year's ceremony was the commencement speaker, Radford University alumnus and former Virginia Tech Football Coach, Frank Beamer. "I like that he talked about like how there's going to be a mountain and to keep climbing and not like let other people get the best of you," said Alexa Ward, graduate of Radford University.
Hokies Hire ODU's Zohn Burden as Wide Receivers Coach
BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10)- The Hokies have filled their vacant wide receivers coaching position by hiring Virginia native Zohn Burden. The VMI graduate joins the Virginia Tech Football program from Old Dominion, serving on the Monarchs squad for the past three seasons as passing coordinator. "We are excited to welcome Coach Burden and his family into the Hokie Nation," Coach Frank Beamer said in a release from the Virginia Tech Athletic department. "We appreciate the efforts of Coach Burden with our football program. Zohn helped start our program back in 2007 as one of the original staff members," says ODU Head Coach Bobby Wilder through the ODU Athletic department.