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As many Virginia Tech fans already know, defensive coordinator Bud Foster was offered an annuity package that will keep him in Blacksburg after some of the nation's elite programs have contacted him about their respective openings. Here are some links recapping the news.

Cornerback Rashad Carmichael told Nathan Warters of the Lynchburg News Advance that Foster is "as much a Hokie as anything, as much as the maroon and orange on the bird.”

As Darryl Slater of the Richmond Times-Dispatch writes, "The powers that be at Virginia Tech have made it clear once again that they will do everything they can to keep Bud Foster as their defensive coordinator."

This is not the first time Foster has been given some extra financial incentives to stay at Virginia Tech. As Athletic Director Jim Weaver told reporters, "We've gone through this with Bud maybe three times, maybe four." Foster has certainly proven his value, evidenced by his consistently excellent defenses and the high esteem with which he's held nationally.

In fact, in Georgia, it spoke volumes of the program to seek a candidate as prominent as Foster. And although Foster did not end up in Athens, Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Georgia fans should be "disappointed the pursuit of Foster didn’t bear fruit. But I’d be more encouraged that Richt saw fit to pursue Foster in the first place."

By Mark Viera  |  December 15, 2009; 8:51 AM ET
 
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