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February 11, 2010

Beamer and former Hokies to speak at Breakfast of Champions

By: Jimmy Robertson

Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer and some former players will be speaking at the Breakfast of Champions on April 24 at 9 a.m. – the morning before the spring game. This event, held in the South End Zone West Club Room, is an annual fundraiser to help the chaplaincy program at Virginia Tech headed by team chaplain Johnny Shelton.

Many Tech players have credited Shelton, beginning his third year at Tech, for impacting their lives and the event serves as a way to supplement Shelton’s salary. A Web site – – has been set up for those to learn more about the work Shelton is doing at Tech.

The list of former players expected to be there includes Justin Harper, Macho Harris, Chris Ellis, Eddie Royal and Dustin Pickle. There will also be a silent auction for people to bid on items such as autographed players’ jerseys, a helmet and a lunch pail.

The event is limited to the first 200 people who make reservations. To do that, go to the site and click on the Breakfast of Champions link. Then fill out the reservation request.

For those not attending but wanting to contribute, please mail a check made payable to FCA and notate on your check, “VA Tech Chaplain.” These donations can be mailed to FCA, P.O. Box 601, Salem, VA 24153. All gifts are tax deductible.

2010 football schedule set

ESPN, the Virginia Tech athletics department and the Boise State athletics department agreed to move the Tech-Boise State football game to Labor Day (Sept. 6) at FedEx field in Landover, Md., in a game that will open the 2010 season for both squads. The game had been scheduled for Oct. 2.

The Hokies close the season with a difficult four-game stretch that includes Georgia Tech at home on a Thursday night, followed by games at Miami and at North Carolina, and a home game against Virginia.

Here is the full schedule:


Sept. 6 - vs. Boise State (FedEx Field) - 8 p.m.

Sept. 11 - JMU - TBA

Sept. 18 - East Carolina - TBA

Sept. 25 - at BC - TBA

Oct. 2 - at N.C. State - TBA

Oct. 9 - Central Michigan - TBA

Oct. 16 - Wake - TBA

Oct. 23 - Duke - TBA

Nov. 4 - Georgia Tech - 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 13 - at UNC - TBA

Nov. 20 - at Miami - TBA

Nov. 27 - UVa - TBA

For more schedule details visit

Foster agrees to terms

Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster inked a new agreement designed to keep him in Blacksburg for the foreseeable future.

The new agreement, on top of his existing contract, will pay Foster $800,000 in deferred compensation if he remains employed at Tech through the 2014 football season. Should Foster leave prior to the end of the 2014 season, he would not receive any part of this deferred package.

The only other qualification to the 2014 date is that in the event Frank Beamer resigns or does not continue in his position as head football coach, Foster will receive the deferred compensation with the effective date of Beamer’s departure. The agreement is subject to all of the terms of Foster’s existing employment contract.

Smith and Williams named ACC Legends

Former basketball stars Chris Smith (1958-61) and Tere Williams (1997-2001) were named as part of the 2010 ACC basketball tournaments’ Legends Class. The men’s Legends will be honored at this year’s ACC tournament in Greensboro at the annual ACC Basketball Legends Brunch, which will be held in the Guilford Ballroom of the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday, March 13, beginning at 10 a.m. The women’s Legends will be honored during the ACC Legends Luncheon held at the Greensboro Coliseum on Friday, March 5.

Information on purchasing tickets may be obtained by going to the official ACC Web site (

Smith still holds most of Tech’s rebounding records, including for a game (36), season (495 in 1959-60 in 26 games) and career (1,508), as well as for highest average in a season (20.4 in 1958-59) and career (17.1).

Williams is Tech’s career leader in field goals made (694), field goal percentage (.550) and rebounds (853), and led her Hokies’ squads in both scoring and rebounding all four years. She ranks second on Tech’s all-time scoring list with 1,750 points.