That’s not to say the pieces haven’t already been put together. Wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman is already at Purdue (look, he’s already at work, despite no official announcement from the Boilermakers). Multiple reports have offensive line coach Curt Newsome heading to James Madison (again, nothing official from the Dukes). And late Thursday night, Mike Barber of the Times-Dispatch reported that quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain said he was fired Tuesday.
There has still not been a peep from the Virginia Tech football office, although the process of adding the following coaches is presumably nearly done:
– Scot Loeffler as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach: The former Auburn and Temple offensive coordinator interviewed with Virginia Tech on Monday for a second time. CBS Sports and ESPN have a source telling them he has been hired. Virginia Tech has made no such confirmation, although it just seems to be a matter of going through the proper HR channels. Loeffler previously spent time as an assistant at Florida, Michigan and with the Detroit Lions and has tutored Tom Brady, Chad Henne and Tim Tebow in his career.
– Jeff Grimes as offensive line coach: The former Auburn offensive line coach interviewed in Blacksburg with Loeffler on Monday. He spent four year with the Tigers, including the national championship season in 2010. He previously worked at Colorado, BYU, Arizona State and Boise State.
– Aaron Moorehead as wide receivers coach: The Stanford offensive assistant interviewed Monday, per the Washington Post. The former Illinois wide receiver played in the NFL from 2003-07 for Indianapolis, winning the 2006 Super Bowl with the Colts. He’s spent 2009 as a graduate assistant at New Mexico before joining Stanford. FootballScoop.com says he will be hired. Tech has not announced it formally.
It is expected that offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring will remain on staff and coach tight ends in the new setup, although again, that has not been confirmed by the school.
When, exactly, the Hokies will make the hires known publicly remains unknown. Thursday’s snowfall might slow down the necessary steps needed before Virginia Tech can announce the staff changes. Frank Beamer, at least based off his previous staff shakeup, prefers to announce all the moves at the same time.
When it happens — Friday perhaps? — it will be the most radical staff shakeup in Beamer’s time. Here a look at some other notable changes and overhauls in Beamer’s 26 years in Blacksburg:
- 2011: Shortly after Signing Day, Beamer brought aboard his son, Shane, as a running backs coach and former Hokies star defensive end Cornell Brown as an outside linebackers coach, shifting long-time assistants Jim Cavanaugh and Billy Hite into administrative roles. O’Cain was also named play-caller, although Stinespring maintained the offensive coordinator title.
- 2006: The last major overhaul on the staff occurred after an 11-2 season. Quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers resigned to take a job with the Minnesota Vikings. Receivers coach Tony Ball went to Georgia. Defensive backs coach Lorenzo Ward took a job with the Oakland Raiders. And offensive line coach Danny Pearman was reassigned to an athletic department post before leaving for a job at North Carolina. In their place came most of the coaches who are leaving now – O’Cain from broadcasting, Sherman from Wake Forest, Newsome from JMU and Torrian Gray from the Chicago Bears.
- 2002: Not a big year in terms of number of coaches coming/going, but an important one. Rickey Bustle, Tech’s offensive coordinator for the previous seven years, left for the head coaching job at Louisiana-Lafayette. Stinespring was promoted to take his place, with Rogers coming on as the quarterbacks coach.
- 1996: The Bud Foster era, as the sole defensive coordinator, gets underway. Co-coordinator Rod Sharpless left for a defensive coordinator/associate head coach position with Rutgers. Beamer promoted Foster, who has played and coached for him at Murray State and was an original member of the Hokies’ staff, coaching linebackers. Eventual Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, then a Hokies assistant, left for a post with Michigan State. The Hokies brought in Charley Wiles from Murray State to coach defensive line and Cavanaugh from North Carolina to coach strong safeties and outside linebackers.
- 1993: The famed first staff overhaul, when Beamer was forced to make sweeping changes after a 2-8-1 season. Long-time Beamer associate Tommy Groom was out (original Beamer hires Larry Creekmore and Duke Strager has been removed the previous year), as was defensive coordinator Mike Clark, who was at first reassigned before joining VMI and later, his long-time home, Bridgewater. Offensively, coordinator Steve Marshall left for an o-line job at Tennessee. Beamer promoted Bustle, who had been the team’s quarterbacks/wide receivers coach since 1987. Phil Elmassian was hired to run the defense … briefly. (He left for Washington in 1995.) Grantham and Sharpless split defensive line duties and Stinespring went from Director of Sports Programs to a full-time coach, handling tight ends and assisting on the o-line for J.B. Grimes, who replaced Marshall.
- 1988: After a 2-9 debut season, Beamer’s staff didn’t stay the same. Ron Zook, his original defensive coordinator in Blacksburg, left for a defensive backs position at Ohio State. Clark took his place. Believe it or not, the Hokies operated without an offensive coordinator that first year (per Hokies historian Chris Colston). Marshall took over those duties in addition to the offensive line.