BLACKSBURG, VA., DEC. 17 -- Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer said today he will remain at the school and withdraw his name from consideration for the head coaching position at Boston College.
"I had a lot of people call -- supporters, alumni groups, friends -- and they asked me to stay," said Beamer, who is 12-9-1 the last two seasons after going 5-17 his first two years. "I think I'm where I need to be right here."
Beamer met with BC Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk most of Sunday about the vacancy left by the firing of 10-year coach Jack Bicknell. He said the job would have offered him financial security, but money was not a major factor in his decision.
"Other things are more important than money, including people and relationships with people," said Beamer, a Hokies defensive back in 1966-68.
Jimmye Laycock, 68-56-2 in 11 seasons at William and Mary, was scheduled to meet with Gladchuk.
Beamer was offered a six-year contract at Boston College, calling for annual salary and benefits of more than $160,000, according to a report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. That figure is exclusive of any money from radio and television shows, the newspaper said. Beamer has two seasons left on a six-year contract at Virginia Tech that pays about $110,000 a year.
Beamer is in the midst of renegotiating his Tech contract, but said today in a statement that he would not seek or accept a pay raise from the university until "such time as all faculty and classified workers are given the same opportunity.
"My reasoning? When I came in I asked everyone to hang together . . . and to work together to build this football program. Faculty and budget are tight right now and I'm not going to take a raise."