Virginia Tech introduces successor to Frank Beamer

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Tech has hired Memphis’ Justin Fuente to be its next football coach.

The school made the announcement Sunday, bringing a quick end to its search to replace the retiring Frank Beamer after 29 seasons. The school also said longtime Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster, thought to be a candidate for the job, will remain in that position at Fuente’s request.

Fuente, 39, has spent the past four seasons at Memphis, turning a struggling program into a winner. The Tigers, who compete in the American Athletic Conference, were 10-3 last season, including a 55-48, double-overtime victory against BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl.

They are 9-3 this season, including a 63-0 victory against SMU on Saturday in Fuente’s final game.

Virginia Tech introduced Fuente at a news conference Monday.

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