The Frank Beamer Retirement Chronicles: Dr. Frank Beamer

Beamer fast-tracked to a degree.


The doctor of gettin' after ya.

Radford University bestowed an honorary doctorate of public service upon Frank Beamer. Because let's be real, pummeling the Hoos 12-straight years was quite the public service. Beamer also served as the university's commencement speaker last Saturday.

"I got to tell you something right now, though," Beamer said. "Your days of hanging out at BT's, Macado's or Sharkey's on your parents' dollar are over. It's on you now. Welcome to the real world."


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I move that Frank be knighted by VT:

That way he can be SIR Doctor Coach Frank Beamer.

Thats COACH Sir Doctor Frank Beamer; His Excellency. Get your priorities straight.

Why stop there? He also needs to become an honorary lawyer. Then he'd be Sir Doctor Coach Frank Beamer ESQ.

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I mean I've seen teams suck before, but that was the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

Don't forget a captains license.... Sir Doctor Captain Coach Frank Beamer ESQ.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

"pummeling the Hoos 12-straight years was quite the public service" - ice cold truth

as long as he not this kind of Dr. im okay with it....

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

How awesome was our coaching transition? What other program could have had the replacement of an institutional icon resulting in:

  • the new coach hit the ground running and have immediate success
  • the new coach displaying that he's a perfect fit for the university/fan base culture
  • the retired coach morph into a version of "everyone's granddad" who ends up being a fantastic ambassador for the university in his retirement.



Chem PhD '16

Is the reason

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

It's so awesome. Whit turned the knob to 11 haha... And I'm not sure any program in a similar circumstance got past 6. Although Beamer had a lottttt to do with it also. And Frank did it for VT, not his legacy. I couldn't be happier with this transition regardless of what comes next. IMO, VT set the standard for the "program building/longtime legend transition" and so happy to see the media recognize that often.

I honestly was one of those who thought CFB was staying a little too long, but I also thought he earned the right to choose his retirement and I'm so proud of how he did it. Had it happened earlier (pre-Whit) who knows where we'd be. Fuente was the one and i believe that's what Bud stayed for also. We nailed the hardest part of running a successful program and I still think about how amazing that is.

And then there's South Carolina...

I mean, Florida State seems to have turned out okay.

They were kind of publicly chasing Bobby B out, by naming Jimbo as the incumbent though. I wouldn't have wanted Frank to go out the way Bowden did

In the end, but no compliments were paid to the way they handled it. Or do you think the end justifies the means?

Achievement unlocked: All of the Fullers

"Sam Rogers is a college football icon" SB Nation

Thanks Frank!

No, I remember that there was controversy around Bowden and he felt like he was rushed out. But how much of the difference between transitions is directly tied to the difference between Bowden and Beamer rather than the difference between the programs. Either way, if we're talking about having a good coach after a legendary coach and using Texas and Sakerlina as negative examples then I have to think Florida State is the positive posterboy going from championship coach to championship coach.