"Foster's lunch-pail approach would play well in the Iron City. Ditto his record of building ornery, lock-down defenses.
Foster is familiar with Pitt from Virginia Tech's time in the Big East -- the teams clashed annually from 1993-2003 and are scheduled for a home-and-home in 2012 and '13."
"‘Bud, this is my team, not your team,’" Foster vividly remembers Beamer snarling, followed by the "suggestion" that he shut his mouth.
Foster was stunned. Beamer had never said anything like that to him, or anyone else, before. Not during Foster’s days playing for Beamer at Murray State University in 1979 and 1980. Not during the seasons he spent as a graduate assistant and assistant coach at the same school. Not during what was then 18 years together at Tech, where Foster had risen from inside-linebackers coach to co-defensive coordinator in 1995 to sole occupant of the position a year later.
"Answer me this: VT constantly knocked down for inexperienced defense, yet nobody bats an eyelash at 'Bama being No. 1 despite 9 new starters"
"Changing of the guards at Virginia Tech. Frank Beamer retires, Bud Foster takes over, and AD Jim Weaver steps down. The first is inevitable. The second isn’t a guarantee. And the third could be prompted by health concerns. Foster’s latest agreement will do a good job of keeping him in Blacksburg, though, and it would be a public relations nightmare if Virginia Tech picked anyone else to succeed Beamer."
"The real reason why Bud Foster, VPI DC, isn’t leaving is because he is overrated. A veritable white cracker version of Charley Strong, just less successful."
"Would the DC jobs at Georgia or FSU really help Foster's name recognition? That's debatable, and it's not as if the coaching situations at either of those programs is stable. Bottom line...is there anybody out there that really believes there's an athletic director at a major university in the nation that doesn't already know of Foster's existence and track record?"
"The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. I have a great situation here. It would take something pretty special to get me out of here."
"So what did they do? Play soft coverage and hope Harris made some mistakes? Revamp the offense to catch Miami’s speedy defense off guard? No. Foster and Beamer basically said fuck it, we’re going after Miami. That early fumble by Jacory Harris that set up the Hokies’ first touchdown? Well they did what I said they wouldn’t be able to: Foster dialed up a hide-the-children, all-out, man-to-man blitz with no free safety with the cornerback, Dorian Porch, coming off the short side of the field."
"I’ve got to find a fourth (linebacker). Quillie Odom hasn’t taken the steps I want him to take right now."
"Just improvement and learning the position and playing it and having a football IQ and just an awareness of some things," (Bud Foster) said. "I’m disappointed right now. I don’t know if he’s too heavy. I just don’t see the quickness I saw when we recruited him. There’s some things that he’s got to improve on to be an impact guy."