ORLANDO – The Virginia Tech football team celebrated through the night at its team hotel, basking in the glow of an ugly 13-10 overtime win against Rutgers in Friday’s Russell Athletic Bowl. The Hokies (7-6) finished the year on a season-long three-game winning streak, ensuring the worst season Coach Frank Beamer has endured in 20 years ended with a winning record.
But even in the immediate aftermath of the program’s first bowl victory in three years, there was no escaping the uncertainty that awaited the Hokies in Blacksburg, Va.
Beamer likely will initiate the sort of wholesale changes to his offensive coaching staff that fans have been clamoring about for nearly a decade. Already, there is a report that wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman is expected to accept a position at Purdue, though Sherman would neither confirm nor deny that was the case Friday night.
Offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring, play-caller and quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain and offensive line coach Curt Newsome, all of whom have worked under Beamer for at least seven seasons, could be moving on, as well.