The man who elevated Virginia Tech's football program into the national spotlight, and led the Hokies to a record 23 consecutive bowl games, has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Frank Beamer, the Hillsville, Va., native who played at Tech and returned as head coach in Blacksburg in 1987, was voted into the Hall of Fame on his first year of eligibility.
The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced jointly made the announcement Monday morning.
Beamer was 238-121-1 at Tech, winning three Big East Conference and four ACC championships. Tech finished No. 2 in the national polls for the 1999 season after losing to No. 1 Florida State in the BCS national championship game.
He was named ACC or Big East Coach of the Year five times and his overall record of 280-143-4 ranks sixth overall among all Football Bowl Subdivision coaches.
"I'd like to thank our administration and former Virginia Tech players, coaches and support staff," Beamer said in a statement released by Virginia Tech.
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"Without them, we wouldn't have enjoyed the success we did as a football program."
Beamer will be joined in the class by former North Carolina and Texas coach Mack Brown and former Michigan standout Charles Woodson, who won the Heisman Trophy.
The rest of the class includes Trevor Cobb of Rice; Kerry Collins of Penn State; Dave Dickenson of Montana; Dana Howard of Illinois; Paul Palmer of Temple; Matt Stinchcomb of Georgia; Aaron Taylor of Nebraska; Matt Tjeerdsma, who coached Austin College and Northwest Missouri State' Ed Reed from Miami and Calvin Johnson from Georgia Tech.
Beamer will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Dec. 4 in New York. The Hall of Fame itself is in Atlanta, where Beamer will participate in the coin toss before the College Football Playoff national championship game tonight between Alabama and Georgia.
Beamer will also be inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame April 7 in Virginia Beach.
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