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.
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