1. “Hokie fans are the best. They are loyal; they care; they respect other people and I
appreciate them a lot.”
Frank says in his press conference about the fans that feel the same way about him
around the campus of Blacksburg, Virginia. Recently the football program has felt in
limbo without knowing the future of our local leader, legend and figurehead Frank
Beamer. Now we know, and the town seemed to take a deep breath but with that
breath came a lot of reverence and reflection
Students and fans of the football team have been able to fully realize what Frank has
done now that we know his tenure is winding down. Frank has realized that the
time is now, and he is stepping down and making way for a new face to grace the
sidelines, but that will take a lot of getting used to after seeing the same guy lead the
team out of the tunnel for 29 years.
Frank Beamer has transcended your every day football coach. At a school where
football has become the focal point because of the success he created, an era of
strong, genuine and well-directed leadership is coming to an end. There will not be
any one who can replicate what Frank Beamer has meant to the community and
school of Virginia Tech as evident in the universal reactions of students here.
When asked how he wanted to be remembered Frank said “Honest caring and
respectful” with classic modesty, but at the end of the day it will be much more than
that. Frank will go down as one of the best coaches the game has seen, and he will be
remembered by those around the school and close to him as an even better person.