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How is Bud Foster still not a head coach? Seriously, folks, this is getting ridiculous.
For the second consecutive season, Virginia Tech avenged a regular-season loss to Boston College with a win in the ACC title game. (Although a half-empty Raymond James Stadium made it feel like an early mid-December bowl game, yes, this was the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.) In today's 30-12 win, which punched Va. Tech's ticket to the Orange Bowl, we saw a promising future for the Hokies' offense in slippery sophomore QB Tyrod Taylor (two rushing touchdowns and numerous great escapes) and freshman RB Darren Evans (114 yards rushing, one score). But as usual, we also saw the foundation of this Virginia Tech program year in and year out: Bud Foster's defense.
The Hokies defense held Boston College to 10 points (Va. Tech took a safety late in the game), forced four turnovers and scored a fumble-return touchdown to put the game away in the fourth quarter. By no means are the Eagles considered an offensive juggernaut this season, but a solid performance is a solid performance. Just another day at the office for Foster, a masterful defensive coordinator who produces a top-tier defense on an annual basis.
From 2004 to '07, Virginia Tech ranked in the top four in total defense every season (including back-to-back season's at No. 1 in '05 and '06). But entering the '08 campaign, the Hokies were supposed to take a step back. Virginia Tech lost seven starters from last season's No. 4-ranked unit, all of whom received All-ACC honors.
Foster seamlessly plugged in a new group of playmakers and the Hokies entered today's game ranked No. 6 in total defense (274.5 yards per game). And truth be told, this year's defense has probably played a bigger role than any of the previous four. The Hokies offense has been nothing short of horrendous (ranking 103rd nationally coming into today). And Frank Beamer's special teams -- usually the strength of this program -- have been mediocre at best. So where would the Hokies be without their defense? Well, they certainly wouldn't be on their way to Miami for a probable date with Big East champion Cincinnati.
This brings me back to my initial question: How is Bud Foster still not a head coach? One big reason is, unlike most other potential head coaches out there, neither Foster nor his agent forces his name into the mix. Foster is obviously very comfortable in Blacksburg. (Maybe Virginia Tech will follow the recent trend and name Foster as its coach-in-waiting.) He is certainly not a man who feels inadequate in his assistant role. And he has repeatedly expressed that he will only leave his current post for a legitimate, BCS-conference team.
Well, it's time for a legitimate, BCS-conference team to come get him. Foster interviewed for the Clemson job, but ultimately lost out to the Tigers' interim coach Dabo Swinney. (Can't blame Clemson -- Swinney earned the promotion.) At some point, though, this guy just has to get a head-coaching gig.
I apologize for all the open-ended questions, but I'm puzzled: What is so darn unattractive about guy who churns out a national title-caliber defense every single season?