How Frank Beamer Is Hurting Virginia Tech

Chris GravelyContributor IDecember 25, 2008

First let me say that I am a HUGE Frank Beamer fan and I have been for many years and I don't want this article to sound as if I am not.

The fact remains, however, that as long as Frank Beamer continues to coach the way he is coaching, Virginia Tech will never be a serious contender for a National Championship. I say this for two main reasons:


1. Beamer's unwillingness to make changes to the offensive coaching staff have severely hindered us in the last five or six years.

The defense seems to always be near the top of the statistical rankings but Frank is content to let the offense hover around the 100-110 mark. This is unacceptable for a team that says it has aspirations of winning a National Championship.

Make the changes while the defense is hitting on all strides. There is no law that says you can't have a great offense AND a great defense at the same time; just go ask Pete Carroll at USC. The worst part about this is that we have the athletes to do it.

We are inexperienced yes, but the talent is definitely there.


2. Coach Beamer just does not have the killer instinct that is needed to get Virginia Tech to the next level.

He coaches like it is still 1960 and his overly conservative approach has cost the Hokies in the past and will most certainly cost us again in the future. We may not be an offensive Juggernaut, but we are more than capable of scoring 30 points a game if it is called right.

Frank, (and Jim Weaver for that matter) seem content with just winning ACC Championships and making it to the Orange Bowl. As a Hokie fan, I am grateful for the ACC titles and trips to the Orange Bowl—but that is just not enough when you have the talent to go further.

It reminds me of the team that is just happy to make it to the NCAA tournament, not really caring if they win a game or not. Frank Beamer has to realize that this is not the 1960's and Virginia Tech does have a legitimate shot at being the best football team in the country—if he would develop that killer instinct and decide that the status quo just isn't enough.

It's not enough for me, and I know for a fact that it is not enough for several donating alumni. I can only hope that he gets it together soon before the opportunity to win passes us by...just as the 60s did.