The Virginia Tech Hokies are finally represented in the College Football Playoff.
Well, sort of.
On Monday, legendary Hokie head coach Frank Beamer was appointed to the College Football Playoff selection committee. Beamer, along with Robert Morris University President Chris Howard and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, were each chosen for three-year terms on the selection committee.
As the Hokies' head coach for 29 seasons, Frank Beamer was the winningest active coach in FBS history at the time of his retirement. pic.twitter.com/PgyXJic76C— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) January 17, 2017
For Beamer, who just completed his first full year of retirement, it’s a pretty sweet gig. The longtime Hokie head man appeared to be excited once learning he was chosen, per Hokie Sports.
I had to make sure it wasn’t someone pulling my leg when I got the call inquiring whether I’d be interested in serving on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. When Bill Hancock assured me that that it was quite legitimate, it didn’t take me long to sign up. What an honor and what a privilege. College football has been my life’s work, and I’m really humbled that I can still contribute to the game in this role. Hopefully the rest of the committee will be interested in my perspective. To join a group with so many great minds and such a diverse range of experience, I just want to pull my weight. The committee has an important role, and I’ll do everything asked of me to help rank the best teams in America for the right to compete for the national championship.
The committee is a 13-person group that must select the best four teams at the end of the regular season for the College Football Playoff. Of all of the coaches in the committee, Beamer is unquestionably the most accomplished member.
Unfortunately for Virginia Tech fans, Beamer must recuse himself from any discussions involving the Hokies—if they make it that far—and Georgia, where son Shane is a coach.
All in all, it was another good day for Virginia Tech athletics.