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Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster discusses head coaching carousel

It’s that time of the year again for Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, when he’s mentioned as a candidate in just about every head coaching search. But even though a wave of jobs have opened up in the past few days, Foster said Monday neither he nor his agent have been contacted about any head coach opening yet.

The upheaval this year, though, has even taken Foster by surprise, and prompted him to call his profession “a crazy business.” Already there are openings at BCS conference schools like Penn State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, UCLA, Illinois, Kansas, Arizona State and Washington State, not to mention several jobs in mid-major conferences.

It’s unlikely Foster would leave Blacksburg for another defensive coordinator position because of an $800,000 deferred compensation package he’s due if he remains employed at Virginia Tech through the 2014 football season. But Coach Frank Beamer’s longtime assistant yearns for a chance to prove he can lead his own program.

This season might be Foster’s best work as his unit ranks amongst the top 12 in the nation in most defensive categories despite losing three opening day starters to season-ending injuries.

“He’s earned his pay this year,” Beamer said this week.

On Monday, Foster offered a glimpse into what sort of head coaching gig he’s looking for, openly discussing the vacancies at Memphis and Akron. Both fired their coaches after just two seasons and the Hokies defensive coordinator labeled the two schools as “coach killers” right now.

“Their administration is crazy,” Foster said. “They’ve got false visions of grandeur.”

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.


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