Foster turned down an interview for the Vanderbilt job
While many of Virginia Tech's football players were at Cassell Coliseum last Sunday soaking in a standing ovation following their ACC championship game victory the night before, Coach Frank Beamer and defensive coordinator Bud Foster were en route to the Tidewater area, making a final push for a recruit -- rumored to be four-star Kempsville High linebacker Travis Hughes, who is also considering Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina among others.
Little did anyone know, though, Foster's decision to board that plane likely cost him a chance at becoming the head coach at Vanderbilt. During a scheduled news conference with reporters Friday, Foster revealed that he was approached by the search committee charged with hiring Vanderbilt's next head coach.
That left Foster with a dilemma: try to secure another recruit for Virginia Tech or potentially go to Nashville for an interview. It seems, yet again, Foster chose the Hokies.
“It wasn’t much of a thought process, to be honest with you," Foster said. "I was a candidate and there’s no guarantees with that. Obviously these kids that we went to go see were priorities for us and can keep our football program going in the direction that we want it to go and would be impact players in our program. And I told that to the search committee people and they understood that.
"I talked to them after that and I gave them a date that I thought would be a good time for me if they wanted to continue on with me. I haven’t heard back from them, so they might have taken that as maybe I wasn’t interested."
The Post's Eric Prisbell reports that Vanderbilt is down to three finalists in its search for a new head coach. According to multiple sources, they are Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin and Stanford offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
This isn't the first time, and almost certainly won't be the last time, Foster's name comes up in the head coaching rumor mill. Foster said Friday, though, that he hasn't been contacted about any other heading coaching jobs since the season ended.
He also offered some comforting words that should soothe some worries over whether or not Foster would leave Blacksburg for just any opening.
"That’s an SEC job, but I might have a better job here as defensive coordinator at Virginia Tech than I would as the head coach at Vanderbilt," Foster said. "And I say that, you guys know my personality, I don’t know how I would do with the best you can do is win five or six games if you play your best football. I know here we’ve got an opportunity to win every time we step on the field. With that being said, if the opportunity comes up, we’ll see where it goes but there may not be another opportunity.”
| December 10, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
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