2012 will go down as a year to forget for the Virginia Tech Hokies.
A 6-6 record, including just 4-4 in the ACC, has left much of the Hokies’ alumni and fanbase disappointed, frustrated and eager for change.
It is head coach Frank Beamer’s worst team since 1992, when the Hokies went 2-8-1. That is also the last time the Hokies missed playing in a bowl game. By virtue of winning their last two games, the Hokies did qualify for a bowl this season, most likely the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando.
Beamer deserves the benefit of the doubt only if he sees the many problems that plague his program and works swiftly to correct them.
The Hokies offense was historically bad in 2012. Offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring and play-caller and quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain presided over this unit.
Beamer made staff changes before the 2011 season that were lauded both locally and nationally. He brought in his son Shane as running backs coach, associate head coach and primary recruiter. The move has already paid dividends as many of the players the younger Beamer has been assigned to have committed to the Hokies.
Beamer also brought in former Virginia Tech star defensive end Cornell Brown as an assistant outside linebackers coach. Brown is counted heavily upon in recruiting as well. He is also one of the best and most popular players in school history.
Here are three coaches Beamer must replace in order for the Hokies to improve in 2013 and beyond.