When the Memphis Tigers hired Justin Fuente in 2012, the team was coming off of a 2-10 season under the direction of Larry Porter. Taking over a team devoid of talent and in need of an overhaul, Fuente led the team to a 4-8 record in 2012, followed by a 3-9 record in 2013. But in his third year in the program, the Tigers went 10-3 in 2014, which led to Fuente being one of the most sought-after coaching candidates in America.
Following another 9-3 record this season, Fuente has reportedly accepted an offer from Virginia Tech to replace the retiring Frank Beamer as the team’s next head football coach.
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For Virginia Tech, it’s a great hire. While it will likely mean the departure of prized defensive coordinator Bud Foster, the Hokies will finally have an offensive system that can compete in the ACC. In 2015, Fuente’s offense at Memphis averaged a whopping 42.67 points per game, including a 63-0 romping of SMU on Saturday. With the recruiting hotbed of the Tidewater region of Virginia, expect Fuente to find success early.
While it’s certainly sad to see Beamer leaving Virginia Tech, the school couldn’t have done a better job finding his replacement. It will only be a matter of time before the Hokies are competing for ACC titles instead of just being satisfied with a bowl appearance.