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Foster has not heard from Memphis

Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster said Saturday that he has not heard from Memphis about its head coaching vacancy after he expressing interest in the job earlier in the week.

Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson has indicated that the university would cast a wide net in its search. He said Memphis's next coach must be successful in recruiting and that previous head coaching experience was preferred but not necessary.

It is not known whether Foster is a candidate.

In an interview Tuesday, Foster expressed interest in the Memphis job. At that point, he said, he had not heard from Memphis about its coaching search.

"That might be a job I might be interested in," Foster told The Washington Post, adding that there are "a lot of things that are attractive about" the opening.

Foster spoke briefly about the job with reporters on Saturday after Virginia Tech's 36-9 win over Maryland.

"Yeah, I might be, but now it's all over the dadgum place," Foster said of the Memphis job. "But I haven't heard from them, no."

Foster has a connection to the Memphis program. Foster and Tigers' director of football operations, John Flowers, both attended Nokomis High School in Illinois and have known each other for years, growing up in a small town near the geographic center of Illinois.

Tommy West was fired Monday after nine seasons as the Tigers' coach. West will be Memphis's coach for the remainder of the season.

Foster, considered one of the nation's top defensive coordinators, has been in the mix for openings in the past but has never been a head coach. He has been selective about job openings in previous years, saying that he would prefer to leave for a program from a Bowl Championship Series conference.

Foster interviewed at Clemson and Virginia when those jobs were last open. He has said that he tried unsuccessfully to get the jobs at North Carolina State and Illinois when Tom O'Brien and Ron Zook landed those jobs.

Foster has been at Virginia Tech for the past 23 seasons, 15 as the Hokies' defensive coordinator. He has routinely crafted defenses that rank among the nation's best.

By Mark Viera  |  November 14, 2009; 7:02 PM ET
 
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