Any college football coach seeking a defensive coordinator probably should put in a call to Bud Foster, Virginia Tech’s esteemed DC. And Georgia’s Mark Richt has.
Foster has been contacted by Georgia about its vacant defensive-coordinator position, the veteran coach confirmed through a spokesman Monday.
“He said he has been contacted,” Virginia Tech associate athletics director Dave Smith said by e-mail, “but that’s it.”
Asked if “that’s it” means talks haven’t progressed beyond initial contact, Smith replied: “That would be my take, but the only other thing [Foster] said was there really isn’t anything else to say.”
Foster has been on Virginia Tech’s staff for 23 seasons, the past 15 as defensive coordinator. He won the 2006 Frank Broyles Award as college football’s top assistant coach. His defenses often have been among the nation’s best.
He has turned down numerous offers to leave Virginia Tech for other coordinator jobs over the years, including an offer from South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier two years ago.
If he’s interested in the Georgia job, Foster should rank high –- very high –- on a list of candidates believed to include Alabama’s Kirby Smart, Kansas State’s Vic Koenning and others.
At Virginia Tech, Foster is making $402,000 this year, according to a recent USA Today survey of coaches’ salaries.
Former Georgia coach Jim Donnan mentioned on his 680 The Fan show today that he was told by Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer that Foster is talking with Georgia. Reached later by the AJC, Donnan said that’s all he knows about it and that he doesn’t want to inject himself into the matter.