From Metallica to Brian Kelly, everyone is paying tribute to Beamer
On Saturday, Virginia Tech’s 29-year head coach Frank Beamer is coaching in his final home game -- and it seems like just about everybody is paying tribute to the Hokies’ legend.
Before Beamer and Co. suffered a 30-27 OT loss to No. 17 North Carolina, Metallica recorded its own congratulatory video for the coach.
The tribute was followed by an emotional “Thank You, Beamer” chant by the sellout crowd inside Lane Stadium.
Virginia Tech fans chant "Thank You Beamer" at his last home game. https://t.co/mMVTWMtLfH— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 21, 2015
Virginia Tech shows tribute to coach Beamer on the field today. pic.twitter.com/pG1u6g1rUQ— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 21, 2015
At halftime, the Virginia Tech marching band even spelled out his name on the field.
Prior to being serenaded by the Hokies faithful, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly tweeted Beamer saying, “Congratulations to Coach Beamer on an amazing career. You've been a role model, mentor and friend.”
Congratulations to Coach Beamer on an amazing career. You've been a role model, mentor and friend. pic.twitter.com/cQa4jRDY8F— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) November 21, 2015
Former Virginia Tech dual-threat quarterback Michael Vick tweeted a photo of him and his family sending their well wishes to his former coach.
Earlier in the week, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sent Beamer an autographed football that read, “Coach Beamer, nobody has ever done it better. Appreciate your example + friendship. Gold bless!”
Beamer has coached at Virginia Tech for 29 seasons and helped transform the Hokies into a national power. Beamer is the winningest active coach in the FBS and has led Virginia Tech to 22 straight winning seasons and bowl appearances.
After the loss, Beamer was carried off the field by his players.