Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer lost his final home game to North Carolina in an overtime thriller on Saturday, and now the reality of it all is starting to set in. Beamer is retiring at the end of the year — his 29th as coach of the Hokies — and Virginia Tech has the daunting task of replacing him.
On Monday, FootballScoop.com president Scott Roussel reported that Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is a serious candidate for the job.
Mullen is in his seventh year at the helm of the Bulldogs. He owns a 54-34 record over seven seasons and has his team 8-3 heading into the final regular season game of this year.
The Hokies’ next game — against Virginia — is crucial. If Virginia Tech can win, the team will be bowl eligible for a record 23rd straight year. If the Hokies lose, it will be Beamer’s final game.
Win or lose, Virginia Tech will have to find someone to replace the legendary Beamer this offseason. Could Mullen be leaving Starkville, Miss. for Blacksburg, Va.?
During his press conference on Monday, Mullen was asked about the coaching rumors.
“As I always say, you’re either getting hired or you’re getting fired,” Mullen said. “I’ll always take getting hired because it means we’re winning and doing well. I don’t like commenting on other jobs because I think it’s a waste of time and I love the one that I have.”
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