Model of consistency
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.