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Justin Fuente expected to replace Frank Beamer

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The Virginia Tech Hokies are expected to name Memphis Tigers head coach Justin Fuente to the same position. He replaces long-time head coach Frank Beamer.

Fuente comes to the Hokies after being the Tigers head coach since December 2011. He comes to the school with a 26-23 record at the school.

The Tigers are currently destroying the SMU Mustangs in Fuente’s final game at the school. In what appears to be Beamer’s final game with Virginia Tech, they are in a tight contest with the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va.

Beamer was 278-144-4 in his career at Virginia Tech. He’s been walking their sidelines as head coach since 1987.

He announced his retirement on Nov. 1st.

Fuente is expected to retain defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who wanted the head coaching position. He’s also expected to keep Associate Head Coach Shane Beamer, who is Frank’s son.

Before accepting this position, Fuente’s name has been linked to the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Fuente is expected to be introduced in Blacksburg on either Monday or Tuesday, according to media reports. While he’s expected to replace Beamer, no deal has been signed at this moment.

He has a low-key demeanor like Beamer that should be a good addition for years to come.

The Tigers, when Fuente took over, was a doormat program. Then, within three years, he guided the team to a 9-3 record, which includes today’s soon-to-be win over the Mustangs.

This hire will put him on the national spotlight, which he wasn’t at Memphis. He’ll also have to prove that Athletic Director Whit Babcock made the right hire, as the team faces the Tennessee Volunteers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish next year.

They also return eight starters on offense and seven on defense. However, he’ll have to replace redshirt senior Michael Brewer, who finished his eligibility.

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