Virginia Tech and head football coach Justin Fuente mutually agreed to part ways this week, ending a five-year marriage two games prior to the end of the 2021 season. The move results in another vacancy within the Power Five coaching ranks. Bill Bender of The Sporting News revealed his early list of candidates who could potentially be targeted by the Hokies. He included several familiar names that seem to pop up when major jobs come open.
Fuente finishes 43-31 overall at Virginia Tech, winning just 10 of his last 21 games, and will be paid a handsome buyout.
Hot-seat speculation surfaced toward the end of the 2020 season and reignited after a loss to Syracuse in October was Virginia Tech’s third straight following a 3-1 start this fall that included a win over then-ranked North Carolina. The Hokies squandered a double-digit lead to the Orange in the second half at home, then scored only three points earlier this month at Boston College.
Here are Bender’s seven top candidates for Virginia Tech’s opening and 247Sports’ thoughts on each selection: