Report: Virginia Tech to hire Memphis’ Justin Fuente as head coach

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Virginia Tech has reportedly found its replacement for the retiring Frank Beamer in current Memphis Tigers head coach Justin Fuente. Beamer announced earlier this month that after 29 seasons as the Hokies’ head coach, this season would be his last

Fuente has led the Tigers back to relevance since being named head coach in 2012. He took over a team with five combined wins in three seasons prior to arriving at Memphis and went 26-23, including 9-3 this season.

Memphis went 10-3 last season and ended a six-year bowl drought. They were the American Athletic Conference champions in 2014 — the Tigers’ first conference title in more than 40 years.

Defensive coordinator Bud Foster and associate head coach/running backs coach Shane Beamer will remain with the team, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

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