Virginia Tech vs. Virginia: Does Last-Second Win Keep Frank Beamer off Hot Seat?

Randy ChambersAnalyst INovember 24, 2012

BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 24:  Head coach Frank Beamer (l) of the Virginia Tech Hokies celebrates with linebacker Alonzo Tweedy #28 of the Hokies after the Hokies' game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Lane Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Blacksburg, Virginia.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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Needless to say, it has been a horrible season if you are a Virginia Tech fan. The Hokies are known for competing for ACC titles and BCS bowls, but this season has resulted in six losses—the most since 1992, when the program was still in the Big East.

The good thing is that, with today's 17-14 win over the Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech will be eligible to go bowling for the 20th straight season. With their sixth victory coming on the last week, the Hokies have something to remain positive about, and this year can't be considered a total disaster after all.

But what is up with head coach Frank Beamer, and what does this victory mean for his job status? Is a late-second victory over Virginia actually going to keep him off the hot seat?

The answer is no.

We are talking about a team that finished this year with a 4-8 record and only won two games in the ACC. Virginia Tech has now won nine straight games over the Cavaliers, and this win shouldn't be considered a marquee victory, regardless of what it did for the program as far as clinching a bowl game is concerned.

Although, winning that sixth game of the year does take some of the heat off Beamer. I couldn't imagine what would have happened if the Hokies missed out on the bowl season this year, especially with the condition of the ACC at the moment, where only two teams are ranked in the BCS and many are struggling to stay above a .500 record.

Virginia Tech entered this year ranked No. 16 in the AP poll and returned nine starters on one of the better defenses in the country. Quarterback Logan Thomas was supposed to be that next great dual-threat quarterback, and the schedule looked to be in the team's favor, with not many ranked teams on tap and getting Florida State at home.

The Hokies did lose a lot of talent, particularly on the offensive side of the ball, but this was a team that the media had winning the Coastal division and finishing second in the entire conference. To lose six games is beyond disappointing and has to make this program take a long hard look at Coach Beamer during the offseason.

It is not just the fact that the team has lost four of its six games against unranked opponents, but it has also turned the ball over 22 times this season. The offense has also struggled to find any consistency all year and has been atrocious in the red zone, with only 19 touchdowns on 26 red-zone trips heading into the game against Virginia.

Should Beamer be fired for this performance this year? No. The coach has done way too much for the university to be shown the door after one bad performance.

Prior to this season, Beamer had won double-digit games for eight years in a row. Also, according to, the recruiting is still one of the best in all of college football.

However, Virginia Tech was one of the more talented teams in the ACC and Georgia Tech will instead play for the ACC title against Florida State. The Yellow Jackets have won the Coastal thanks to Miami dropping from consideration.

A season like this can't be ignored, and it is enough to put a little bit of pressure on the head coach—something he hasn't experienced in quite a while with this program.

It was nice to see the Hokies to rally around and finish the year with two victories to become bowl eligible, but this season had bigger expectations. Beamer will remain on the sidelines for next year, though this team will have to take a step forward and make up for this forgettable year.