Perhaps Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer should have taught his son, Shane, that coaches can’t be involved in the head-butting business.
When asked about his demonstrative head butt of star tailback David Wilson during the Hokies’ 17-10 victory at East Carolina a week ago Saturday, the Hokies’ first-year running backs coach laughed Monday and said he will think twice about pulling such a head-pounding celebratory act again.
When asked why he didn’t deliver another head butt of Wilson at some point in last Saturday’s 26-7 win over Arkansas State at Lane Stadium, young Beamer confessed he has learned a valuable coaching-life lesson.
“I’m still recovering from my East Carolina one,” Shane Beamer said with a laugh. “My head is still sore. My nose is still the worst thing. The head wasn’t too bad, but I think I jacked up my nose somehow … it’s still tender so.
“That was a sput of the moment deal. I got caught up and you know … ”
Beamer said he’s never seen his famous father pull such an act, at least in his coaching days.
“I’m sure he did when he was a player but never without a helmet on,” young Beamer said. “We were struggling at the time and I just kinda picked David up and was looking at him right in the eyes. I was fired up, he was fired up, and it just kinda seemed like the thing to do, I guess.
“I’m a competitor and I love Virginia Tech football and would give anything … I mean I think all us coaches would give anything to be out there and be able to still play. I guess that was my way of being close to the action. I’m still hurting, though.”
– RANDY KING