Bud Foster talks about the Vanderbilt job and his FSU connection
About this time every year, rumors linking Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster to vacant head coaching positions routinely pop up. So when Foster met with reporters Tuesday evening, he broke in mid-question when asked about the possibility he might leave Virginia Tech.
"You guys tell me where I'm going," he said with a smile.
Like last year, when he was linked to the opening at Memphis, rumors are once again flying out of Tennessee. One Web site is reporting that Foster will be getting a call about Vanderbilt's head coaching vacancy. Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper was also linked to the job, speculation that Jasper denied when speaking with The Post's Gene Wang on Monday. Foster also shot down the Vanderbilt speculation Tuesday.
“I haven't gotten a phone call yet," Foster said. "I’m just focused on hopefully beating Florida State, that’s all I’m focused on.”
That, though, doesn't mean he wouldn't be interested if the Commodores were to come calling.
While Foster said Vanderbilt is the "toughest" job in the SEC and that Tennessee is one of the hardest states to recruit in, he also thinks schools like Stanford and Northwestern have shown recently that it's possible to win with such high academic standards.
“It’s an SEC school, a BCS conference, it’d be very intriguing from that standpoint if it ever happened," Foster said. "Can’t speculate on things that aren’t there.”
As usual, it should be a very interesting few months when it comes to Foster's job status. Last year, Virginia Tech gave him another healthy raise in order to stay in Blacksburg. But at some point, Foster may take one of these opportunities, especially with Coach Frank Beamer showing no signs that he plans to retire in the next few years.
Apparently, though, head coaching gigs weren't the only jobs Foster was considered for last offseason. He revealed Tuesday that Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher actually called him last year about becoming the Seminoles' defensive coordinator.
Foster said Fisher had already offered the job to current Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, but wanted to know if he would be interested should Stoops turn it down.
Foster is good friends with Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, who also tried to woo him to Tallahassee, but obviously nothing came to fruition.
"We've gotten to know each other well over the years," Foster said of Fisher. "I've got a lot of respect for him. [Florida State's] athletic, but they play disciplined between the whistles and we’re gonna have to do the same thing.”
| December 1, 2010; 9:21 AM ET
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