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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | January 2, 2000
NEW ORLEANS -- He is now the coach of the year in college football, poised to lead his Virginia Tech team into the Superdome on Tuesday night against Florida State for the national championship. The roots of Frank Beamer's success are dug in many places, including on the top of a building that was once adjacent to Byrd Stadium at the University of Maryland. It was there, in the fall of 1972, that Beamer got his first taste of big-time coaching. From a distance. "I was a graduate assistant under Jerry Claiborne, and my job was to watch the other team's defensive tackle line up," Beamer recalled recently.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2014
Getting kicked off the Virginia Tech football team could have ended Telvion Clark's career. Instead, he turned it into an opportunity to find success at Towson. After playing a limited role during his freshman and sophomore years, Clark was poised to become a starter for the Hokies as a junior. Instead, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer dismissed Clark from the team in March 2012 after the outside linebacker was cited in Blacksburg, Va., for misdemeanor public intoxication/swearing.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
Damien Russell is 43 now. It's been 22 years since the former defensive back played for Virginia Tech. Hokies fans might not recognize the name, but Russell is an important figure in the program's history. He is a cousin of the Baltimore-based Fullers - one of the city's most impressive football families - and was the first member to play for Virginia Tech. Russell helped launch a procession of talented Fullers - Vincent Jr., Corey, Kyle and Kendall - from Baltimore to Blacksburg, Va. Two Fullers, senior Kyle and freshman Kendall, play defensive back for Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference)
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
Damien Russell is 43 now. It's been 22 years since the former defensive back played for Virginia Tech. Hokies fans might not recognize the name, but Russell is an important figure in the program's history. He is a cousin of the Baltimore-based Fullers - one of the city's most impressive football families - and was the first member to play for Virginia Tech. Russell helped launch a procession of talented Fullers - Vincent Jr., Corey, Kyle and Kendall - from Baltimore to Blacksburg, Va. Two Fullers, senior Kyle and freshman Kendall, play defensive back for Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference)
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG and KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2004
Florida State (10-3, 7-1 ACC) Strengths: The Seminoles have talent to burn, especially on offense, and are again serious contenders for the national championship. Senior quarterback Chris Rix has been ripped plenty during his career, but he's going into his fourth year as the starter. If Craphonso Thorpe can recover from a broken leg, he's probably the best wide receiver in the ACC, and the Seminoles have two running backs in Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker who can fly. Weaknesses: Florida State returns only four starters on defense, but its biggest hurdle may be its mental block against Miami.
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January 1, 1998
No. 7 North Carolina (10-1) vs. Virginia Tech (7-4)Site: Jacksonville, Fla.Time: 12: 30 p.m. todayTV: NBCLine: North Carolina by 11Coaches: Carl Torbush (0-0);Frank Beamer (68-54-2)Outlook: The Tar Heels, who were snubbed by the Bowl Alliance despite losing only to No. 4-ranked Florida State, are a talented group -- particularly on defense. But North Carolina could have a hard time maintaining its focus after a whirlwind of off-the-field activity, including the abrupt departure of head coach Mack Brown, who accepted the same position with Texas, and a late-night fight that left seven UNC players facing assault charges.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2004
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The scaffolding surrounding the front of Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium and the rest of the construction rubble outside the front gates seem to sum up the current state of the school's football program: The Hokies are clearly in a rebuilding mode. Going into tonight's 2004 season opener against top-ranked Southern California in the Black Coaches Association Classic at FedEx Field, Virginia Tech finds itself starting out in a significantly different place than in recent years.
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By Heather A. Dinich and Heather A. Dinich,SUN REPORTER | October 25, 2007
The sarcasm oozing from Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski on yesterday's Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference indicated he is unfazed by the atmosphere at Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium and tired of answering questions about playing a night game there. (The Hokies are 42-27-1 in night games under coach Frank Beamer.) "They've got lights there, right?" Jagodzinski asked Duane Rankin of the Erie Times-News. Rankin: "Right." "OK. So we should be OK for playing at night. Everyone is bringing up the `Lane Stadium at night'; I was hoping Virginia Tech had lights so we could play."
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By HEATHER A. DINICH and HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER | October 19, 2005
College Park -- Apparently, last year's 55-6 loss to Virginia Tech on national television didn't ruin Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen's friendship with Hokies coach Frank Beamer -- he was still invited to Friedgen's Fourth of July party at the lake. The two have summer homes close to each other at Lake Oconee in Georgia. "I don't blame that on Frank; I blame that on us," Friedgen said, probably referring to his team's four first-half turnovers. Tomorrow's 7:45 p.m. game at Byrd Stadium will be only the second time Friedgen and Beamer have faced each other as head coaches.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2014
Getting kicked off the Virginia Tech football team could have ended Telvion Clark's career. Instead, he turned it into an opportunity to find success at Towson. After playing a limited role during his freshman and sophomore years, Clark was poised to become a starter for the Hokies as a junior. Instead, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer dismissed Clark from the team in March 2012 after the outside linebacker was cited in Blacksburg, Va., for misdemeanor public intoxication/swearing.
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Tribune Newspapers | January 5, 2012
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer has coached enough games to experience varying degrees of pain on a football field, but nothing may compare to the ghastly horrors his team endured Tuesday night in a 23-20 overtime loss to Michigan. If he could magically negate any one or two of at least 10 scenarios that didn't go his team's way, the No. 17 Hokies (11-3) might be enjoying their first 12-win season and talking about how it justified being the Atlantic Coast Conference's first at-large bid in the Bowl Championship Series.
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By Heather A. Dinich and Heather A. Dinich,SUN REPORTER | October 25, 2007
The sarcasm oozing from Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski on yesterday's Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference indicated he is unfazed by the atmosphere at Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium and tired of answering questions about playing a night game there. (The Hokies are 42-27-1 in night games under coach Frank Beamer.) "They've got lights there, right?" Jagodzinski asked Duane Rankin of the Erie Times-News. Rankin: "Right." "OK. So we should be OK for playing at night. Everyone is bringing up the `Lane Stadium at night'; I was hoping Virginia Tech had lights so we could play."
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By HEATHER A. DINICH and HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER | October 19, 2005
College Park -- Apparently, last year's 55-6 loss to Virginia Tech on national television didn't ruin Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen's friendship with Hokies coach Frank Beamer -- he was still invited to Friedgen's Fourth of July party at the lake. The two have summer homes close to each other at Lake Oconee in Georgia. "I don't blame that on Frank; I blame that on us," Friedgen said, probably referring to his team's four first-half turnovers. Tomorrow's 7:45 p.m. game at Byrd Stadium will be only the second time Friedgen and Beamer have faced each other as head coaches.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | November 20, 2004
In December 2000, Ralph Friedgen walked into Debbie Yow's office with a five-year plan, outlining the things he would do if he were hired to rebuild Maryland's football program. He would improve recruiting, he would implement discipline and he would re-ignite fan interest. He would graduate players, he would hire good people and, by the fifth year, with a little luck and a lot of patience, he figured Maryland could compete for a league title and garner a major bowl invitation. Most people forgot all about that original outline when the Terps surprised everyone in Friedgen's first year in 2001 by winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title - the first of three consecutive 10-win seasons.
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG and KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2004
Florida State (10-3, 7-1 ACC) Strengths: The Seminoles have talent to burn, especially on offense, and are again serious contenders for the national championship. Senior quarterback Chris Rix has been ripped plenty during his career, but he's going into his fourth year as the starter. If Craphonso Thorpe can recover from a broken leg, he's probably the best wide receiver in the ACC, and the Seminoles have two running backs in Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker who can fly. Weaknesses: Florida State returns only four starters on defense, but its biggest hurdle may be its mental block against Miami.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2004
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The scaffolding surrounding the front of Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium and the rest of the construction rubble outside the front gates seem to sum up the current state of the school's football program: The Hokies are clearly in a rebuilding mode. Going into tonight's 2004 season opener against top-ranked Southern California in the Black Coaches Association Classic at FedEx Field, Virginia Tech finds itself starting out in a significantly different place than in recent years.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | November 20, 2004
In December 2000, Ralph Friedgen walked into Debbie Yow's office with a five-year plan, outlining the things he would do if he were hired to rebuild Maryland's football program. He would improve recruiting, he would implement discipline and he would re-ignite fan interest. He would graduate players, he would hire good people and, by the fifth year, with a little luck and a lot of patience, he figured Maryland could compete for a league title and garner a major bowl invitation. Most people forgot all about that original outline when the Terps surprised everyone in Friedgen's first year in 2001 by winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title - the first of three consecutive 10-win seasons.
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Tribune Newspapers | January 5, 2012
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer has coached enough games to experience varying degrees of pain on a football field, but nothing may compare to the ghastly horrors his team endured Tuesday night in a 23-20 overtime loss to Michigan. If he could magically negate any one or two of at least 10 scenarios that didn't go his team's way, the No. 17 Hokies (11-3) might be enjoying their first 12-win season and talking about how it justified being the Atlantic Coast Conference's first at-large bid in the Bowl Championship Series.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | January 2, 2000
NEW ORLEANS -- He is now the coach of the year in college football, poised to lead his Virginia Tech team into the Superdome on Tuesday night against Florida State for the national championship. The roots of Frank Beamer's success are dug in many places, including on the top of a building that was once adjacent to Byrd Stadium at the University of Maryland. It was there, in the fall of 1972, that Beamer got his first taste of big-time coaching. From a distance. "I was a graduate assistant under Jerry Claiborne, and my job was to watch the other team's defensive tackle line up," Beamer recalled recently.
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January 1, 1998
No. 7 North Carolina (10-1) vs. Virginia Tech (7-4)Site: Jacksonville, Fla.Time: 12: 30 p.m. todayTV: NBCLine: North Carolina by 11Coaches: Carl Torbush (0-0);Frank Beamer (68-54-2)Outlook: The Tar Heels, who were snubbed by the Bowl Alliance despite losing only to No. 4-ranked Florida State, are a talented group -- particularly on defense. But North Carolina could have a hard time maintaining its focus after a whirlwind of off-the-field activity, including the abrupt departure of head coach Mack Brown, who accepted the same position with Texas, and a late-night fight that left seven UNC players facing assault charges.
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