Model of con­sis­tency

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Only three Di­vi­sion I-A teams have won at least 10 games in each of the past five sea­sons — South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Texas and Vir­ginia Tech. Since 1995, only Ohio State and Florida have posted more wins than Vir­ginia Tech, and the Hok­ies have fin­ished with five top-10 na­tional rank­ings dur­ing the past 11 years.

The com­mon thread for the Hok­ies dur­ing their suc­cess­ful run has been Beamer, who re­ceived his de­gree in dis­tribu­tive ed­u­ca­tion from Vir­ginia Tech in 1969.

His rep­u­ta­tion as a de­fen­sive-minded coach prob­a­bly stems from his days as a Hok­ies cor­ner­back. He was part of teams that won Lib­erty Bowls in 1966 and 1968.

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