Justin Fuente may not be coaching at an SEC school in 2016.
Memphis’ coach “is expected” replace Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech, according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel.
.@SIPeteThamel reported Va. Tech is expected to name Memphis's Justin Fuente as their coach. Tigers lead SMU 42-0 (!) in the second quarter.
— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) November 28, 2015
Fuente’s Memphis team crushed SMU on Saturday to improve to 9-3.
The 39-year-old coach is in his fourth season with Memphis. With the win against SMU, he improved to 26-23. Last year, he led the Tigers to an American Athletic Conference championship.
Fuente was considered a candidate for the impending coaching vacancies at both South Carolina and Missouri.
Former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier resigned from the team in early October. The university is expected to name a new coach in December. Missouri’s Gary Pinkel, the university’s winningest coach, coached his final game Friday — a loss to Arkansas. He is resigning after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this year.
Instead, it appears as if Fuente will avoid joining the vaunted SEC and take over for the legendary Beamer in the ACC. Earlier in November, Beamer, the winningest active coach in the country, announced 2015 would be his final season at Virginia Tech.
Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports has reported that current Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom, who held the same position under Fuente at Memphis before this season, could be a strong candidate replace him. Odom also could in the mix to replace Pinkel at Missouri, as well.