BLACKSBURG, Va. – This photo may not be worth 1000 words, but it should be worth a few. Maybe those words would be, “I’m here.”
Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after Yahoo! Sports reported that he was considered the lead candidate for head coach vacancy at Baylor University, Virginia Tech head football coach Justin Fuente tweeted a photo with his newly assembled coaching staff in Blacksburg. The caption reads: 2020 – Let’s go!
Without directly addressing the rumors and reports, this seems to be Fuente’s way of saying he’s staying at Virginia Tech for a fifth season, despite Pete Thamel reporting that Fuente and Baylor had planned a personal interview.
In four seasons at Virginia Tech, Fuente’s record is 33-and-20 – including four consecutive bowl-game appearances. Tech’s record, however, is only 14 and 12 in the past two seasons – with a 9 and 8 in ACC game.
Earlier this year, Fuente from Oklahoma was linked to the Arkansas vacancy.
Fuente replaced the legendary Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer in 2016 and came to Blacksburg after a record of 26 and 23 in four seasons as head coach at Memphis. Before that, Fuente worked for the TCU employees – a member of the Big 12 conference, from 2007 to 2011.
Baylor, a program that lost last season in the Big 12 title game, is looking for a replacement for head coach Matt Rhule – who was hired as head coach of the Carolina Panthers of the NFL last week.