Loss to ECU shows Virginia Tech out of gas under Frank Beamer
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Loss to ECU shows Virginia Tech out of gas under Frank Beamer

Hokies fall to 2-2 while trying to bounce back from back-to-back 7-6 seasons

Photo: Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer.

A pattern seems to be developing that foreshadows a retirement announcement at season’s end from Frank Beamer, the man who built Virginia Tech into a national program.

The buildup to each week’s game includes the opposing coach – from Ohio State’s Urban Meyer in the opener to the classy Ruffin McNeill of East Carolina last week – mentioning deep respect for Beamer. On TV broadcasts, announcers sing praises of Beamer, who is in his 29th season in Blacksburg and turns 69 on Oct. 18. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."