Virginia Tech football fans can brace for an interesting December now.
And I’m not talking about which bowl game Tech may land. Hey, that’s of total Lilliputian-sized consequence to the pilgrims of Hokie Nation when compared to a more weighty question: If and where Bud Foster could land down the road?
In upcoming days, the name of the Hokies’ beloved secretary of defense figures to be tossed around a bunch in regards to prospective head-coaching openings.
It’s already started. It didn’t take long before the forced resignation of Marshall head coach Mark Snyder on Sunday got the rumormill off and running.
Within hours of Snyder’s ouster, Foster’s name had surfaced on at least two credible Internet Websites as a possible candidate for the Thundering Herd’s post. Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer was the other early viable candidate being mentioned for the vacancy on Monday.
Louisville, which already has shown Steve Kragthorpe the door, and Cincinnati, if miracle worker Brian Kelly should land the Notre Dame opening, will simply add more fuel to the Foster inferno. For obvious reason, either position would be a much more appealing change-of-address venue than Marshall for Foster, who has made it publicly known that he wants to be a FBS head coach.
If Notre Dame hires Kelly to replace Charlie Weis, who was handed the pink slip Monday afternoon, Cincinnati would be a golden opportunity for Foster. Unlike the Marshall vacancy in Conference USA, either of of the Big East jobs would come gift-wrapped with BCS bowl tie-ins.
So get ready, Hokies. Worried about Christmas gift ideas for the family? Best be concerned about what holdiday shopping lists Bud Foster’s name appears.
Ready for a huge lump of coal in your stockings, Hokies? Well, it could happen.
– RANDY KING