Head coach Frank Beamer has made Virginia Tech the program it is today. Without him, the school wouldn't be the ACC powerhouse it is. It also wouldn't be competing for BCS bowl games every year and may still be just an average team in the Big East if it wasn't for the coach. He is Virginia Tech and deserves a ton of credit for everything he has done for the program.
However, he may be coaching for his job tonight when the Florida State Seminoles come to town.
While Beamer has been with the program since 1987, the Hokies are seeing their worst days since he took over as head coach. Currently fifth in the ACC with a 4-5 record, Virginia Tech is in serious jeopardy of missing the bowl season for the first time since 1992. As if the record wasn't horrible enough, four of the five losses have come at the hands of unranked teams.
To make matters even worse, Virginia Tech is 1-4 since 2011 against ranked teams. An upset loss to Pittsburgh caught everybody by surprise earlier in the year, but things slowly began to sink in once the losses began to pile up, including to another Big East team in Cincinnati and getting blown out by a subpar Miami team.
Maybe the head coach who has led this program to 19 straight bowl games has just lost his touch and needs to move on.
The Seminoles come into this matchup as a highly ranked opponent in the BCS rankings and are looking to close in on an ACC title. Virginia Tech may have no shot at either of those goals, but a victory would at least show that Beamer and this team have some life left.
Last week’s 30-12 loss at Miami was disappointing for Hokies fans across the country. With a chance to remain in the ACC hunt, Virginia Tech seemingly refused to play a lick of hard-nosed defense, turned the ball over three times on offense and was held scoreless in the entire second half.
A defense that is used to being in the top 10 is now ranked 41st in the country and eighth in the ACC in rushing yards allowed. The offense hasn't been much better this season, as quarterback Logan Thomas has thrown 12 interceptions to 13 touchdowns, while the team as a whole has coughed the ball up 19 times.
Due to the track record of Beamer, he may have a longer leash than other coaches who may be on the hot seat. But another loss would be the most for this program in 20 years and won't look good when the team has already lost four of the last five games.
Florida State is the last relevant team on the Hokies' regular-season schedule; it is also the only marquee matchup that could take some of the heat off this football team with a victory.
Beamer won't be run out of town if Virginia Tech doesn't win tonight, but it will set up for an interesting offseason if the struggles continue.