Frank Beamer to serve as honorary captain

When Virginia Tech football meets West Virginia this season, longtime Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and legendary West Virginia coach Don Nehlen will represent their schools as honorary captains.

“Don Nehlen remains one of my all-time favorite people,” Beamer said in a statement. “Every time we played West Virginia it was a big game for our team and our fans. Going into Morgantown was always a challenge. You knew you were going to have to face a tough, well-coached football team for 60 minutes and that crowd wasn’t going to let up on you, either. I’m so honored that I’ll get to join Coach Nehlen on the field as our two teams meet again.

“I’m just relieved that I’m not going to need a ticket to get into the game. I’m looking forward to seeing our two teams play again. It should be a great evening for football as the Hokies and Mountaineers meet.”

Beamer, with the Hokies, and Nehlen, with the Mountaineers, are two of the most successful coaches in Big East history, as they coached in a rivalry that spanned many years in the conference.

Beamer and Nehlen are anticipated to participate in the pregame coin toss, with the winning school’s honorary captain being involved in the presentation of The Black Diamond Trophy immediately following the game.


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