With the bye week approaching, many had a feeling that an announcement of Frank Beamer's retirement may be about to come after the Hokies' game against Boston College. Now, the news many believed was coming is happening.
Frank Beamer will retire at the end of this season, ending his incredible 29-year tenure in building Virginia Tech into a nationally-recognized program. This is a day that many knew was coming, but it is definitely surreal now that we know that this will be Frank Beamer's final season leading the Hokies.
Now, Hokie fans have the chance to thank Frank Beamer for what has been a tremendous era in making Virginia Tech not only a nationally-recognized football program, but also a well-known university because of the rise of the football program.
There is no doubt that is going to be very different not seeing Frank Beamer lead the Hokies out of the tunnel, and onto the field at Lane Stadium next season. For Hokie Nation, it's time to celebrate one of the greatest head coaches of his era as he ends his career.
Maybe the best summation of Beamer's legacy was said in the press release
by Whit Babcock.
“Coach will always remain one of the most beloved figures in college football history. He’s a future Hall-of-Famer, an educator and a role model. His contributions to Virginia Tech and the game of football - both on and off of the field – are unquestionable and beyond measure."
Frank Beamer has served his university well, and will go down as one of the legendary head coaches of his era. More than anything, he will always be remember as the guy that helped build and lead Virginia Tech in so many ways through moments of tragedy and triumph.
The day has come, but what a great 29-year run that Frank Beamer has taken Hokie Nation on. For that, Hokie Nation will always be thankful.