When Joe Paterno was abruptly dismissed in November, Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer was suddenly the nation's top active head coach in terms of victories.
Entering 2012, Beamer has won 251 games, 209 of which have come at Virginia Tech. Beamer also won 42 games in six seasons at Murray State.
Beamer has a long list of accomplishments. In 1999, he was the unanimous National Coach of the Year. Beamer was a three-time Big East Coach of the Year, and twice he has been named ACC Coach of the Year.
In his 31 seasons as a head coach, the one thing that has eluded Beamer is a national title. The closest he came was in 1999 when the Hokies came up short against Florida State.
One knock against Beamer is the number of times his teams have failed to defeat Top 10 teams. For one reason or another, the Hokies generally struggle against the nation's elite.
How can Beamer add to his impressive resume?
Here are three ways Beamer can win Coach of the Year.