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Virginia Tech extends Beamer's contract

Longtime Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer will be around a little longer after receiving a two-yaer contract extension through the 2019 season.

The 67-year-old Beamer is starting his 28th season with the Hokies on Saturday when they face William & Mary. His record at the school is 266-132-4 and includes four seven conference titles.

He is the winningest active coach in FBS, and the win total is a school record.

"As I've stated numerous times, the only job I desire is right here at Virginia Tech," Beamer said. "My passion and commitment have been further energized with the arrivals of President (Tim) Sands and Whit Babcock and the leadership and vision they provide. I am appreciative of the confidence they continue to show in me and our football program.

"I can honestly tell you that our program currently stands atop a rock-solid foundation. This coaching staff is the best I've ever had. We've had an influx of talented, young student-athletes into our program and we're hard at work recruiting more just like them. So I'm confident in the character and talent of our coaches, players and support staff.

"Then, you see this impressive, state-of-the-art indoor practice facility on its way up, which shows the continuing dedication from this university, its people and our fans, and our future can only be bright. I'm proud of where we've been, and I'm extremely excited about where we're going."

Beamer was the fourth highest paid coach in the ACC last year, making approximately $2.54 million. The school did not disclose financial terms of the extension.

"We are pleased to be in a position to present Coach Beamer with this contract extension," Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement. "Announcing before our home opener serves as a tangible show of support for the winningest coach in college football who does it the right way, continues our positive momentum in recruiting, and signals the stability of leadership in our program. His stamp on our football program, and our institution, is indelible.

"This well-deserved extension is a reward for 27 tremendous years, certainly, but also is based upon my observations and work with him these past seven months. His integrity and work ethic is even better than advertised and he still has that competitive fire and wants to move Virginia Tech forward. I believe in him and support him, his staff, and our team. We look forward to a successful 2014 season and beyond."

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