Swinney wins Bear Bryant award for 3rd time in 4 years
HOUSTON (AP) — Dabo Swinney won the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year award for the third time in four years Wednesday night, two days after leading Clemson to its second national championship in three years.
Swinney is the only three-time winner of the 33rd annual award, with Chris Petersen — the trophy holder in 2006 and 2009 at Boise State — the only other multiple winner.
Shane Beamer brings ‘Beamer Ball’ to Oklahoma special teams
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — As if Iowa State doesn't have enough to worry about with revenge-minded Oklahoma visiting on Saturday, the Cyclones will have to deal with the full force of "Beamer Ball."
Beamer, Brown head College Football Hall of Fame class
ATLANTA (AP) — Coaches Frank Beamer and Mack Brown were selected Monday for the College Football Hall of Fame, part of a class of 13 that includes former players Ed Reed and Calvin Johnson.
Brown won 244 games in a 30-year head coaching career at four schools that featured 16 seasons and a national championship at Texas.
No. 22 Virginia Tech seeking 10th win in Camping World Bowl vs No. 17 Oklahoma State
ORLANDO, FLA. – Justin Fuente set a high bar in his first season as Virginia Tech’s football coach, delivering the program its first 10-win season since 2011.
For an encore, Fuente has his 22nd-ranked Hokies positioned to do it again – if they can upend No. 17 Oklahoma State in the Camping World Bowl on Thursday.
Grimes brings experience to BYU, but none as coordinator
PROVO, Utah (AP) — BYU tabbed Jeff Grimes as its offensive coordinator, replacing Ty Detmer after two seasons this week. One of the concerns with the former Heisman Trophy winner was a lack of experience on the collegiate level as he jumped straight from coaching high school ball to the coordinator position.
Ex-coaches Nehlen, Beamer glad Va. Tech-WVU meeting again
Don Nehlen originally was going to plop down on his couch with a hot fudge sundae to watch West Virginia and former Big East rival Virginia Tech open the college football season on television.
The Hall of Fame coach instead will have to find his favorite treat in the vicinity of FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
Nehlen will participate in the pregame coin flip next Sunday along with another ex-coaching great, the Hokies' Frank Beamer.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Longtime Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and former Texas coach Mack Brown, along with former players Charles Woodson, Ed Reed and Calvin Johnson, are among those making their first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year.
Beamer among 3 new playoff selection committee members
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and Robert Morris University President Chris Howard have been added to the College Football Playoff selection committee.
No. 18 Va. Tech stages epic comeback, tops Arkansas 35-24
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It's never easy to replace an icon.
One way to do that is to create your own legacy, something first-year coach Justin Fuente is doing at Virginia Tech after taking over for Frank Beamer.
Jerod Evans threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two scores and No. 18 Virginia Tech pulled off an epic comeback — the largest in the school's 124-year history — by erasing a 24-point halftime deficit to beat Arkansas 35-24 on Thursday night in the Belk Bowl.
Georgia fines Shane Beamer $25K for role in Wake scandal
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia has fined assistant coach Shane Beamer $25,000 for accepting leaked game plan information two years ago while at Virginia Tech from a former Wake Forest assistant coach.
In a statement issued by Georgia Thursday, Beamer said then-Wake Forest assistant Tommy Elrod called him the night before the game in 2014 with "a few plays that he said Wake Forest might run."
Hokies AD: Ex-Wake assistant shared game plan in 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock has confirmed that a former assistant coach-turned-broadcaster at Wake Forest provided a former Hokies assistant with "some game plan information" in 2014.
Babcock said in a statement Thursday that he has no indication that the information was shared with staff members or used during the game. Retired coach Frank Beamer also said he "had no knowledge of what is being alleged."
Virginia Tech to face Arkansas in Belk Bowl
Virginia Tech (9-4, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Arkansas (7-5, Southeastern Conference), Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina
Virginia Tech: QB Jerod Evans, 3,039 yards passing and 26 touchdowns, 713 yards rushing with eight TDs.
Arkansas: RB Rawleigh Williams III, 1,326 yards rushing, 12 touchdowns.
Virginia Tech’s Fuente, Florida St’s Francois get ACC awards
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente is the Atlantic Coast Conference's coach of the year and Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois was selected as its top rookie both on offense and overall.
The ACC announced its individual awards for coaches and rookies Tuesday following a vote of 48 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
No. 23 Virginia Tech holds on for 24-21 win over Duke
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Virginia Tech took the lead with some "Beamerball." The Hokies kept hold of it with another program staple — some tough defense at the right time.
Adonis Alexander returned a blocked field goal 75 yards for the early, go-ahead touchdown, and No. 23 Virginia Tech held on to beat Duke 24-21 on Saturday and remain in control of the ACC's Coastal Division race.
Hokies, Hurricanes looking to get back to winning ways
Longtime rivals Miami and Virginia Tech look to get their season headed back in the right direction when they square off Thursday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.
The Hurricanes (4-2, 1-2 ACC) have lost two in a row and have fallen out of the Top 25, but have never lost to the Hokies (4-2, 2-1) in their previous three Thursday night games.
Virginia Tech has also tumbled out of the Top 25 after a 31-17 loss at Syracuse last Saturday.
Hokies, Hurricanes to meet on must-win Thursday night
Virginia Tech doesn't have long to lick its wounds after a surprising loss at Syracuse, but the Hokies could hardly ask for a better motivator to get back to work. They face longtime rival Miami on Thursday night.
No. 17 Virginia Tech on a roll as it heads to Syracuse
Halfway through their first seasons at their schools, coaches Justin Fuente of Virginia Tech and Dino Babers of Syracuse are headed in different directions.
Hokies aim to ruin BC assistant coach’s return to Blacksburg
There will be a very familiar face in the visitor's locker room at Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Scot Loeffler, the Hokies' offensive coordinator for the last three years of Frank Beamer's tenure at Virginia Tech, is now holding the same position with Boston College. The Hokies hope to ruin his return to Blacksburg on Saturday.
It's the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for Virginia Tech (1-1), and the Hokies expect to see some familiar looks from the BC (1-1, 0-1) offense.
Virginia Tech defeats Liberty 36-13 to start Fuente era
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans threw for 221 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Hokies to a 36-13 season-opening victory over Liberty on Saturday, handing new coach Justin Fuente his first victory as the Hokies' head coach.
Hokies to honor retired coach with special teams tribute
Virginia Tech will pay homage to Frank Beamer's attention to special teams when the Hokies play their first game in 30 years without the Hall of Fame coach on the sidelines.
This week, with Beamer's approval, a member of the Hokies' special teams will wear Beamer's retired No. 25 jersey instead of the unidentified player's regular number in the season opener against Liberty. In subsequent weeks, the No. 25 jersey will be worn by Virginia Tech's special teams player of the week.