Dec 31, 2013; El Paso, TX, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Frank Beamer on the sidelines during the third quarter against the UCLA Bruins in the 2013 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Some have begun openly musing about the end of the Frank Beamer era. Do you think it has come to that at Virginia Tech?
TT: I think the end of the era is in sight now as the Hokies have underperformed this season and Beamer has seemed to lose his edge. Most Hokie fans agree that this is not the way they wished it was going to end for Beamer, but change seems to be needed to avoid falling off the national map, which has started to happen a little.
Beamer right now reminds me some of Bobby Bowden at Florida State and Phillip Fulmer at Tennessee in how those guys lost their edge and those programs stuck with them too long. Florida State has recovered but Tennessee hasn’t completely. Beamer has done a great job building up the program, but I don’t think Beamer is the guy to continue building up the program.
If Beamer is asked to retire, I expect that Beamer will do that and take a job as an assistant to athletic director Whit Babcock. This team has the talent to contend for a playoff spot next season and I don’t think Beamer is the guy that can maximize that talent to get them there. However, most fans trust that athletic director Whit Babcock will make the right decision.