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Poll: Will Foster leave Virginia Tech?

Each off season renews a conversation that centers on one question: Will Bud Foster leave Virginia Tech to coach elsewhere?

While Foster previously expressed interest in the Memphis opening and was courted by Georgia for its defensive coordinator position, the latest vacancy to stir the discussion was at East Carolina, where Skip Holtz recently resigned to become the coach at South Florida.

Foster told the Newport News Daily Press on Friday that he would "potentially" have interest in the ECU opening but said he has not been contacted by the university and suggested that any deal would have to be lucrative.

Foster has agreed in principle to an annuity package said to be worth about $1 million to keep him in Blacksburg for the next five seasons. He told the Daily Press that ECU would "really have to come up with something big with this annuity deal now to offset that, without a doubt. That's really all I can say about it."

ECU Athletic Director Terry Holland said he would prefer to hire someone with head coaching experience, at either the division I-A or division I-AA level. A telephone message left Monday for Holland was not immediately returned.

Foster, 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 often said he is happy in Blacksburg and would only want to leave for the right job. And with a nice financial package in place to keep him at Virginia Tech, it would seem that leaving now would be even harder.

What's your take? Respond to the poll and feel free to drop your thoughts in the comment section below.

By Mark Viera  |  January 18, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
 
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