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VT's Foster Would 'Jump Through Hoops' for Clemson Job

Clemson will have a chance to hire a fine coach, no question. You hear names like Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson and Wake Forest's Jim Grobe floating around. And our Virginia Tech beat writer, Zach Berman, sent me this regarding Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Bud Foster. From Berman:

Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster has long been on lists of top coordinators due to become head coaches, yet he has never found the right opportunity. After former Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden resigned Monday, fans rushed to message boards circulating names of potential replacements. Foster's name entered discussions, sending him down a path he's been before.

Foster replied to questions with the required coach response -- "That's something I don't even want to talk about right now. I'm focused right now on [Saturday's opponent] Boston College" -- but upon further prodding, he revealed his admiration for the Clemson vacancy.

"I'd be...stupid" not to be interested, Foster said. "You guys have all asked me for the last five years, six years. Who wouldn't be (interested)? ... That'd be one I'd be jumping through hoops to try to get. "

Foster, 49, is in his 22nd season as a Hokies assistant and 13th as defensive coordinator. He won the 2006 Broyles Award, presented to the nation's top assistant coach. Foster has never been a head coach and has spent practically his entire coaching career in Blacksburg, two factors that might work against him. But he's been wildly successful during his tenure and knows the ACC.

Bob Lattinville , Foster's agent, told The Washington Post in November 2007 that Foster will become a head coach "within the next two years. This year or next year."

His name will not be among the popular names discussed for high-profile jobs in December, but it will be worth paying attention whether this is the year Foster finally departs.

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 15, 2008; 5:49 AM ET
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Comments

Hope Foster doesn't get that job as they would stomp us with those athletes and his scheme. Reading the article about MD this morning, it just seems like Friedgen is lost as a coach. Openly saying he can't reach his players or blaming them is a bad sign. Any AD who reads his comments should be very worried about what he's doing in leading the team. He really needs a lesson in leadership and should be told by Dr Yow to stop publicly blaming his players. Ralph Friedgen just is not a very effective coach over the past 5 years and seems to be taking MD football backwards...

Posted by: Terpfan | October 15, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

I agree. MD football has been very weak the past few years. The wild swings in performance indicate a lack of buy-in and preparation. They don't seem to have fun or be mentally prepared to play in most games. I think all the yelling and screaming of Ralph and Solazzo have taken its toll.

Posted by: Allterps1 | October 15, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Bud Foster is so highly regarded that it's an injustice that he hasn't gotten a head-coaching job at a major program.

He doesn't fit the image of today's public-relations oriented, high-profile college coach. In a nutshell, he's not considered a "sexy" pick for university presidents and athletic directors looking to bolster a team's "brand".

This is why RF was passed over initially for Ron Vanderlinden.

I personally think Dabo Swinney will surprise people in the ACC and Clemson as being a fine coach.

Posted by: Charles | October 15, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Maryland is a basketball school not a football school. The fridge has elevated the program if anything; before him is was one of the worst programs...be thankful he's a good coach.

Posted by: Rick | October 15, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

No one would ever hire any University of Maryland coaches.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: Gary | October 15, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Rick, you're settling for mediocrity.

Posted by: Charles | October 16, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

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