I thought it was neat Foster honored Wiles with the lunch pail (and also D-Tapp is the only other person bestowed the honor).
"I was disappointed," said Foster, who will be replaced after the bowl by Justin Hamilton, a former player at Tech who will add defensive coordinator to his current job description as safeties coach.
"Coach (Fuente) knows how I feel about Charley. Charley knows how I feel about him. I was involved in his recruiting. We go way, way back. I love him like a brother. ... I know he was extremely disappointed and hurt. I was hoping he would stay and coach this game, because he deserves to go out the right way, just like I did. He's been as big a part of this growth and development as I have been, and I feel that way, but he's going to land on his feet."
It's a cutthroat business and these coaches are well-compensated, but I have to imagine it stings a lot more not only because of the Foster-Wiles relationship, but because of the family atmosphere Fostered by Beamer.