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Virginia Tech: It's Time for the Hokies To Let Frank Beamer Go

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Frank Beamer of the Virginai Tech Hokies looks on against the Stanford Cardinal during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Stanford won 40-12. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Josh McCainSenior Writer IJanuary 4, 2011

I know that headline may sound like blasphemy to many out there in Hokie Nation, and I'm sure others think that it's a knee-jerk reaction to the embarrassing 40-12 loss last night to Stanford in the Orange Bowl.

I assure you that my assertion of letting Frank Beamer go is neither, but in reality, makes sense for Virginia Tech.

Before Frank Beamer no one thought of Virginia Tech as a football school, or even an athletic school.  Tech was just a school you went to in Virginia to get a really good education.

Frank Beamer changed all that. 

In his 24-year tenure at Tech, he's created quite the powerhouse football school.  From their time in the Big East to the school's move to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2004, the Hokies are always competing for a divisional title with national championship aspirations.

So why on earth would I want to get rid of him?

It's simple, after last night's loss to Stanford, Frank Beamer is now 1-19 against top-five ranked teams in his coaching career at Tech.

Now, if this were a school where just making a bowl game was good enough, then his top-five record wouldn't matter.

The Alum, the students, the players, the community, everyone would just be happy to make it to the Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Carburetor Bowl (that one is made up, I think).

However, Frank Beamer is a victim of his own success.

Now, just making a bowl game isn't enough for Tech.  The school as well as all of the Alum and fans expect to be in one of the major bowl games, as well as be in consideration for a national title.

Being 1-19 against top-five teams won't win you a championship.

James C. Weaver, athletics director for Virginia Tech, needs to ask himself if he's happy with just making it to a bowl game or if he wants to school to be more.

Frank Beamer has done an outstanding job building this football program, but now I think it's time for the school to bring in someone to carry the torch and get the Hokies over the hump and win a national title.

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