Bustle Remains A Hokie
By Jimmy Robertson
December 12, 2000

Tech fans can breathe a little easier these days now that Tech offensive coordinator Rickey Bustle is not going to the University of Toledo as the head coach.

On Tuesday, Toledo AD Pete Liske decided to hire Tom Amstutz to replace Gary Pinkel, who left to take over the head coaching job at Missouri. Liske called Bustle on Tuesday morning to notify him of the decision. Amstutz served on Pinkel's staff at Toledo, which finished 10-1 this season and ranked 25th in both polls. The MAC school failed to get a bowl bid after not winning the conference championship.

Bustle went to Toledo on Sunday and toured the school's athletic facilities and campus with Liske on Monday. Liske decided ultimately to go with Amstutz, who is a Toledo native and had worked at the school under four different coaches for the past 21 years.

"I'm disappointed because I thought it was a heckuva job," Bustle said. "They have great facilities and they have 17 starters coming back.

"But I'm not disappointed at coming back here. We've got great kids, I work with great people and we have great fans. This is a great place to work. So I'm not down on the world by any means. Not at all. I have it pretty good here."

The Toledo opening marked the second MAC opening in which Bustle has been affiliated. A couple of weeks ago, he took his name out of the running for the Bowling Green head-coaching vacancy.

Bustle just finished his 13th season in Blacksburg and his seventh as the offensive coordinator. The Hokies have fielded seven of the eight highest-scoring teams in history during his time at Tech.