With His Coaching Track Record, Foster Could Be a Hokie for Hire

By Adam Kilgore
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Bud Foster has all the trappings for becoming a college football coaching commodity this time of year. At Virginia Tech, he just finished coordinating the nation's No. 1 defense for the second straight season. Three times, he has been a finalist for the Broyles Award, presented to the top assistant in the nation.

"Would you all spread that word?" Foster jokingly told a group of reporter's after Virginia Tech's 17-0 win Saturday over Virginia. "I haven't gotten any phone calls. Nobody calls me."

Foster, 47, hopes that will change this offseason, but he will continue to be selective, as he has in recent seasons. He said earlier this season he would leave only for the right situation, that being a team from a BCS conference.

Two primary factors have held back Foster: He's never been a head coach and, as he said, "There's a push to hire offensive guys."

That trend could be shifting, though, as Iowa State hired former Texas defensive coordinator Gene Chizik and Michigan State hired former Cincinnati coach Mark Dantonio, who previously was Ohio State's defensive coordinator.

Dantonio's departure carves a spot that could be enticing for Foster, if the Bearcats want to hire another defensive-minded coach. Foster said location would be a factor if he were to leave Virginia Tech, and Cincinnati is about 300 miles from Foster's home town of Nokomis, Ill.

Foster was on a recruiting trip yesterday and could not be reached for comment on the Cincinnati opening.

"To be a head coach just to be a head coach doesn't flip my switch," Foster said. "I'm happy where I am. I'm not going to leave here to be a coordinator some place."

Rumors surfaced yesterday that Alabama, which fired Coach Mike Shula, was interested in speaking with Coach Frank Beamer about its opening. Alabama also flirted with Beamer in 2003, when it hired Shula.

Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver said Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore had not contacted him about Beamer, which would be normal protocol. Weaver, unprompted, also brought up and shot down a rumor that Beamer met with an Alabama official Sunday, saying he was with Beamer personally for much of the day.

All-ACC Teams Named

Virginia Tech tied Georgia Tech and Clemson by placing seven players on the all-ACC first and second teams. Running back Branden Ore, linebacker Vince Hall and cornerback Brandon Flowers made the first team, with linebacker Xavier Adibi, tackle Duane Brown, place kicker Brandon Pace and punt returner Eddie Royal on the second team.

Virginia cornerback Marcus Hamilton and defensive end Chris Long made the second team, as did Maryland punter Adam Podlesh, linebacker Erin Henderson, guard Andrew Crummey and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Complete teams, Page E6

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