Frank Beamer has long been quiet when asked about his future as the head football coach of Virginia Tech. Beamer, who will turn 68 next season, is finishing up his 27th season with the Hokies and is currently the winningest active head coach in the FBS.
Last Saturday, Beamer met with the assembled media to discuss the Hokies' upcoming game against UCLA in the Sun Bowl. UCLA wasn't the main topic of conversation for Beamer, though.
Beamer discussed his friendships with Mack Brown and Jim Grobe, both who recently left their jobs at Texas and Wake Forest, respectively, and how it puts his tenure at Virginia Tech into perspective. He told David Teel of the Virginia Daily Press:
I'm very appreciative of Virginia Tech. They stuck with me when things weren't good, stuck with me longer than most people would, and that probably won't happen again. It's a performance business. I fully understand that. Jim and Mack are probably my two best friends in this business.
Beamer's next quote was most telling: "Just kind of reminds you nothing is certain about this business. I'm very sensitive to staying around too long."
With a new president on board, and soon a new athletic director, Beamer will have new bosses for the first time in a long time. Will these new bosses want to make their own mark? Or will they allow Beamer to leave his post when he is completely ready?
Here are five candidates who should be on the Hokies' radar when Beamer retires.