Frank Beamer received arguably the top accolade of his career when he learned Monday that the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame had selected him for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Beamer, who earned the honor on his initial year on the Hall of Fame Ballot, will be one of 13 inducted at the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner to be held Dec. 4, 2018 at the New York Hilton Midtown. The inductees will be permanently enshrined at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta later that December and honored on the field at the 14th Annual National Hall of Fame Salute during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. They also will be honored at their respective schools at an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the 2018 season. Beamer won 280 games during a coaching career that lasted 35 seasons, including 238 games during his 29 seasons at Tech. He led the Hokies to 23 consecutive bowl games, 11 bowl wins, and seven conference championships. His teams won 10 or more games in eight consecutive seasons (2004-11) and seven or more in 23 straight. Beamer, a 1969 graduate of the school and a former player, will become just the fifth former player to be inducted, joining Hunter Carpenter (1957), Carroll Dale (1987), Frank Loria (1999) and Bruce Smith (2006).
Kerry Blackshear Jr. dominated in the paint, scoring a career-high 31 points to carry Virginia Tech to an 81-67 ACC victory over Pittsburgh at Carilion Clinic Court on Saturday afternoon. The win helped the Hokies to snap a two-game losing streak, as they moved to 12-4 overall, 1-2 in league play. Blackshear made 12 of 16 from the floor, including a couple of 3-pointers, and he connected on 5 of 7 from the free-throw line. Pittsburgh cut a nine-point lead to five with around two minutes remaining, but a Blackshear 3-pointer pushed the lead to eight, and Tech held on for the win. Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 16 points, and Ahmed Hill had 15 for the Hokies. Justin Robinson recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. Tech returns to action Wednesday evening with a road game at Wake Forest. The game tips at 7 p.m.
Kerry Blackshear Jr.
Men's Basketball • Redshirt Sophomore • Forward • Orlando, Florida
Blackshear led the Hokies in a pair of games this past week. In Wednesday’s loss to Virginia, he paced Tech with 14 points, while adding five rebounds and two blocked shots. In Saturday’s win over Pittsburgh, Blackshear recorded a new career high, scoring 31 points, and he also registered career highs in field goals (12), field goals attempted (16), 3-pointers (2) and minutes played (37). He became the first Hokie to score at least 30 points in an ACC game since teammate Justin Bibbs scored 32 against Wake Forest in 2016. He became the seventh Hokie to score at least 30 points in an ACC game.
The Virginia Tech track and field teams open the 2018 season on Saturday when a group of student-athletes participate in the Nittany Lion Challenge held in State College, Pennsylvania. The Hokies lost key components such as two-time national champion Irena Sediva, two-time NCAA silver medalist Hanna Green and two-time All-American Drew Piazza from last year’s squads, but they return a lot of talented pieces with the ability to add to their ACC team title collection. In fact, of the 12 Hokies who earned All-America honors during the outdoor season, eight of them return, led by men’s distance runner Neil Gourley and women’s hammer thrower Emma Thor. Of the 10 who earned All-America honors during the indoor season, seven return. The teams will compete in several meets to prepare for their biggest meet of the season – the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships held Feb. 22-24 in Clemson, South Carolina. The men will be looking to repeat as the team champion.
Virginia Tech wrestler Ryan Blees went 6-0 to take the 149-pound title at the Franklin and Marshall Open held Saturday in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After competing at 157 during his first two years at Tech, Blees cut down to 149 for the first time in his career and went undefeated. He defeated Princeton’s John Pipa in the semifinals with a 12-5 decision before knocking off George Mason's Tejon Anthony in the finals by a score of 5-1. The Hokies return to action as a team this Friday when they travel to Hampton, Virginia for the Virginia Duals.
Bruce Arians, a former Virginia Tech football player, announced last week than he was retiring from coaching after a 42-year career. Arians most recently served as the head coach of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, where he spent five seasons and became the all-time winningest coach in Cardinals’ history with 49 wins. Arians twice earned NFL Coach of the Year honors – once while serving as the interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and once with Arizona. He departed Virginia Tech after the 1974 season, one in which he set a school record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season with 11. He started his career as a coach in 1975 when he worked as a graduate assistant Tech, and he later worked at Mississippi State, Alabama, and Temple. His stops in the NFL included the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals.