Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster talks with Georgia about DC job

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.

275 comments Add your comment

kristin

December 14th, 2009
2:35 pm

First!, Would love to see him here

ME

December 14th, 2009
2:35 pm

First – and that’s good news. Aim for the stars and we’ll probably hit the moon.

Paul

December 14th, 2009
2:41 pm

I don’t understand why any coordinator at a program like VT would make a lateral move to UGA. Of course, Foster may be viewed as only a coordinator, i.e, not head coaching material, in which case lateral moves are the only moves. Mr. Tucker, aside from these big names, are there any assistants that are under the radar and may be blue-chip? Like an FCS coach or coordinator? Or a position coach in the FBS?

Troup Dawg

December 14th, 2009
2:48 pm

My question is: Whoever Richt hires, will he allow the new coach to install discipline into his defensive schemes?? After all Richt does not have discipline on the offensive side of the ball, can you have 2 diffrent philosophies on the same team??

Would Richt allow his own children to go through their formative years without a firm set of rules?? I think not. So why does he allow these kids to go through their formative football years without learning discipline of the game and life?? I know these are elite atheletes but these are kids none the less.

Just wondering out loud how this will work with a new DC and defensive discipline. Wwe gotta have it.

I don’t think Wwil Muschamp will wait till 2016 now for Mack Brown to retire. A phone call there may be in order.

that's my dog!!

December 14th, 2009
2:50 pm

i think he will be a good DC for my dawgs

Cyberdawg

December 14th, 2009
2:55 pm

The reason someone like Foster might be interested has everything to do with the caliber of play in the SEC and the level of talent coming out of Georgia highschools and the Southeast. UGA will have top recruiting classes as long as Richt is there and a good coordinator’s job is that much more gratifying with top athletes.

DawgNation

December 14th, 2009
2:56 pm

I’m just glad they are talking with proven DC’s and trying to keep it on a doable level.

just a fan

December 14th, 2009
2:56 pm

We had two different philosophies when BVG was the DC at UGA he was a fiery leader. I dont see why he would leave Va Tech after all these years for just for another coordinators job it is a better conference the the acc. I think they should take a look at Sylvester Croom and let him mentor Coach Garner and in about five years if Coach Garner is still around and ready for the job reward him with it then.

collegeballfan

December 14th, 2009
2:56 pm

Foster is a really solid coach. His teams play with discipline.
Will he want to hire his own assistants including DL assistant?

pdawg

December 14th, 2009
3:00 pm

I dont like how he fared against the triple option of Georgia tech…..28 points allowed doesnt impress me. Any DC we hire should be able to stop the spread options offenses we are bound to face every year notable florida and georgia tech….

elvis

December 14th, 2009
3:01 pm

Foster’s lunch pail approach to D would be a perfect fit for UGA’s D that has speed and talent, but too many with a me-first approach( though I love ‘em)

Sadly, I think it is a long shot though.

Dan A.

December 14th, 2009
3:04 pm

Bud Foster would be an OUTSTANDING hire, and I’m thrilled to hear that we are aiming this high. Anybody who questions how good a hire Foster would be, shouldn’t be discussing college football with adults.

As far as why he would make a lateral move: well, coach Donnan said it himself. As long as he’s been at VT, he hasn’t received a good head coaching offer. Maybe taking a DC job in the SEC would make the difference, or at least give him a new challenge (he’s been with VA Tech well over 10 years).

WalkerMuhDawg

December 14th, 2009
3:05 pm

Foster would be a dream hire. Probably the most proven DC at the FBS level in college football today. A grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, down three runs. The fact that UGA is talking to him shows they are serious about getting the best!

BassDawg

December 14th, 2009
3:06 pm

Promising news…Vtech has always had some solid defenses…Take a look at these…

Total Defense:
2004 – #4 in the country
2005 – #1 in the country
2006 – #1 in the country
2007 – #4 in the country
2008 – #7 in the country
2009 – #14 in the country

Scoring Defense:
2004 – #2 in the country
2005 – #2 in the country
2006 – #1 in the country
2007 – #3 in the country
2008 – #13 in the country
2009 – #11n the country

I would take that over our last few years. With the way we have been able to find playmakers on offense, we can’t do anything with UGA’s scoring defense the last two years, ranked 64th in the county in 2008 and 70th in the country in 2009.

I love to watch a strong solid defense…and I want to see that with the Dawgs again!!!

TallaDawg92

December 14th, 2009
3:08 pm

Even all lateral moves are not equal.

Whether or not he is offered the DC job (which I do not think he would take), I would like to see if someone like Croom would be interested in being a Discipline Coordinator for the entire team, of course in addition to coaching one or more positions on the defense. I think he would take that before a DC job, which would be a simple step down, simply because of the novelty and challenge of it.

Tim

December 14th, 2009
3:11 pm

That would be awesome to get Foster, but I’m really doubting it. Just hard to see him leave VT, but no one would be happier than me…

Tim

December 14th, 2009
3:15 pm

just a fan – why in the world would we hire Croom? He has no defensive background whatsoever. Not really sure why we should hire him to mentor Garner. Not that I wouldn’t mind having him on staff, but bringing him on as a DC would make no sense. If anything, I’d rather have Garner learn from someone like Foster who has a lot of experience…

Bystander

December 14th, 2009
3:17 pm

The defensive stats displayed by BassDawg above look eerily familiar…notice the trends heading in the wrong direction? Looks like the same direction as the program in Athens…sorry to say.

If we can get him...

December 14th, 2009
3:19 pm

Pdawg – We scored 30 so we still would have won and 28 sure beats the hell out of 45 that Willie gave up in 2008. His offense screwed him over in that game with turnovers and the inability to move the ball put the defense in a bad position.

Bottom line is that he would be a great asset to the Bulldog Program. Now if we can get him that would be fantastic!

Go Dawgs!!!

dooley

December 14th, 2009
3:22 pm

we need to hire croom as the rb/assistant head coach. Discipline problem Solved.

Dan A.

December 14th, 2009
3:26 pm

Some of you people astound me. Sly Croom? Are you on drugs?

F-105 Thunderchief

December 14th, 2009
3:30 pm

Virginia Tech to UGA is not lateral. One is in the ACC and the other is in the SEC. Not lateral at all.

Bob

December 14th, 2009
3:31 pm

“As long as he’s been at VT, he hasn’t received a good head coaching offer.”

As long as Strong was at UF, he hadn’t received a good head coaching offer, either. Seems like being a coordinator in the SEC doesn’t equate to receiving a HC offer, any more than any other FBS conference. Foster moving to UGA makes zeros sense, not after turning down great offers from other schools for lateral moves, in the past.

ignition

December 14th, 2009
3:31 pm

Why doesn’t GA grab Tyrone Nix from Mississippi???
Seems to me the one that makes the most since..

Dawgclassof84

December 14th, 2009
3:33 pm

Bud Foster is a defensive master, but what makes anyone think that any VT coach ensures off-the-field discipline. With a player arrest record rivalling any worthy SEC school, it is no coicidence that HOKIE rhymes with POKEY.

Dawgclassof84

December 14th, 2009
3:35 pm

Bob, I agree, but the fact that Foster is not Head Coaching material makes him a very appealing and non-threatening choice to CMR, who can read the writing on the wall.

Dabo Dawg

December 14th, 2009
3:37 pm

There is one thing for certain UGA Nation and that is you dont want Vic Koenning because his defenses at Clemson were a joke.

Dawgclassof84

December 14th, 2009
3:39 pm

Word is that Foster enjoyes the role of DC and isn’t interested in most HC jobs. And I doubt that we’ll pay significantly more than VT, where he has almost as much autonomy as Beamer but without the responsibility. The Blacksburg police are much more forgiving than the Athens police when it comes to errant players, too.

Dawgclassof84

December 14th, 2009
3:40 pm

We might hire the North Avenue Trade School’s DC, he did a pretty good job of beating Tech this year…

Dan A.

December 14th, 2009
3:40 pm

I find it funny that so many of you are in here chirping about “discipline” based off of Rex Robinson’s recent load of unsubstantiated crap. That’s odd, seeing as how UGA consistently has fewer off-the-field problems than schools like Florida and Tennessee… yet for some reason, all of the sudden we have a “discipline problem.”

Dan A.

December 14th, 2009
3:44 pm

Bob, I think you’re comparing apples to oranges.

Charlie Strong has been the DC at Florida since 2002. So, seven years.

Bud Foster has been the DC at VA Tech since 1995, and he has been an assistant at VT since 1987. Almost 20 years. Foster also doesn’t have the challenge of being a black man with a white wife. So let’s not pretend that their situation is the same.

Furthermore, what “other lateral moves” are you referring to? South Carolina trying to get him a couple of years ago? South Carolina isn’t a lateral move, it’s a step down. USC isn’t a conference contender, UGA is. And UGA has the money to pay him.

Bottom line: getting Foster may be a long shot, but let’s not pretend that there is no incentive for Foster to make the move.

Dawgclassof84

December 14th, 2009
3:44 pm

VT to UGA would not be a lateral move for Foster, it would be a demotion. Despite the aura of being in a mid-tier SEC program (which ours is at present), Foster gets more love in Blacksburg the whole Bulldawg nation could muster…and the salaries are about the same. Foster is automatic to replace Beamer when the latter is ready…but don’t think he wants the Big Chair.

Will

December 14th, 2009
3:44 pm

How can anyone with half a brain think that going to UGA from VT is a lateral move? First of all, UGA is in the SEC, the premier league in FBS. Playing on CBS against the likes of LSU, UF, UT, etc is a much, much larger stage. ACC does not even compare! Secondly, UGA has better facilities, a larger fan base and we have CMR who is regarded as one of the best coaches to work for. Who knows, maybe he is tired of Frank Beamer. Anyways, UGA is a much better job on a much larger stage than VT.

Pugnacious Paul

December 14th, 2009
3:46 pm

You UGA fans still dont get it….Listen to your boy Rex because he has hit the nail on the head. Your offense needs works to stop the silly penalties and T O ’s. Your strength and conditioning coach should have been fired too because he is resting on his laurels from the Fla. State days. Hiring a defensive coordinator isnt gonna solve UGA’s problems …you just wait and see!

dawgcrzy

December 14th, 2009
3:46 pm

a 6000,000 dollar raise would get him here!

DawgStyle

December 14th, 2009
3:47 pm

Bud Foster would be an awesome hire,even better than Smart. Get the checkbook out and pay the man. Is Evans not willing to pay the same as other high profile universites..ie Texas? How much $ does the UGA football team generate? ALOT!!!

PowerBUZZ

December 14th, 2009
3:48 pm

Foster has seen the writing on the wall trying to stop CPJ and the Jackets every year. Maybe with GA he can only hope for the Offense to outscore them

Mark

December 14th, 2009
3:48 pm

Bring On the Lunch Pail Defense!!! I mentioned this the other day and everyone thought I was looney…. PAY UP and GET Coach Foster to UGA!!!

cajdawg

December 14th, 2009
3:48 pm

I would rather have Bud Foster than Kirby Smart. Someone cited VT defensive stats over the past decade- they are second to none. His defenses are fundementally sound and they force turnovers.

Foster does want a head coaching position, but he wants a BCS job, not Marshall, Central Florida, etc. That is the downside, if he comes to UGA and fixes the D he is gone in two years at the latest.

Dan A.

December 14th, 2009
3:50 pm

Oh gawd, Dawgfan84, you’re out of your mind. Stop the self-loathing for a second and put down the crack-pipe.

Let me pick apart that crap real quick. We’re not a middle-tier SEC program. We finished #2 in the country in 2007. What other middle-tier SEC program has done that well for themselves? 2 SEC championships inside of 8 years, won or tied for the East division 4 times in the past 8… calling us middle-tier is being a mindless woman just freaking out for the sake of drawing attention to yourself.

Secondly, your comment about him getting more love in Blacksburg than he would in Athens is completely baseless, as is your comment about salaries, since you have absolutely NO IDEA what he would get paid by UGA if they made an offer.

So do us all a favor and go elsewhere to cry about how the sky is falling. And go find your balls while you’re at it.

Dawgclassof84

December 14th, 2009
3:50 pm

Strong’s white wife was never an issue. Liberal university administrations will bend over backwards to hire a minority coach if they are confident he will win. It’s clear that Head Coaching is about 75% Administration and 25% Fieldwork. Black coaches are just as capable leaders as any other color, but certain individuals like Strong have not given good interviews to date, regardless of color. Now he has his chance, and best of luck to him.

Clancy West

December 14th, 2009
3:51 pm

Seems to me the main thing that has been missing from GA defence has been passion & intensity.The person I would think fits the needs here is David Pollack.
1) 3 Time All American
2) 1st Round draft & NFL Starter
3) Played at Georgia with more intensity than I can remenber
Obviously he has the ability & intensity & is UGA
Why look elsewhere if available
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dawgcrzy

December 14th, 2009
3:53 pm

i meant 600,000. we have the money,let’s spend it.Hell Muschamp makes 900,000 .Bud Foster is worth at least that

Dawgclassof84

December 14th, 2009
3:54 pm

Dan A. hole. Just because I am not delusional does not mean I am self-loathing. As for knowledge about salaries, I know what CMR makes and what CWM made, so I have a reasonable idea about what the next DC will make. As for finding my balls, that’s never been a problem for me…the only problem is that you seem to keep looking for…and grabbing them. You are not a UGA fan, you are a racist looking for a forum.

Dawgclassof84

December 14th, 2009
3:58 pm

Danny boy… While you are on your knees looking for a pair on someone else, you might tell us all how we are better than a mid-tier SEC team thus far? Bama, Fla would be top-tier….we lost to Kentucky this year, at home. You and the rest of the Delusional Dawg fans get your heads out of the sand (or elsewhere) and we might have a chance to build a dynasty….but first we have to acknowledge that we don’t have one yet.

Pugnacious Paul

December 14th, 2009
3:58 pm

David Pollack wouldn’t be a good fit for defense and its is a Forrest Gump idea to even suggest it. He may serve a good strength and conditioning assistant because he knows diet is important as he tried to suggest to that big blob Jeff Owens who was a fat bust for UGA.

Dan A.

December 14th, 2009
4:02 pm

Dawgclassof84 –

I’m pretty sure you’re just a GT fan masquerading as a dawg (you losers do that a lot lately), but I’m gonna respond anyway.

You’re either incredibly naive or just playing ignorant if you think that Charlie Strong’s race wasn’t a factor in his hiring. Just because you pretend that prejudice still doesn’t exist doesn’t make it so.

Second, you’re not the only one who knows what our coaches make. And if you know so much, then you’d realize that what Bud Foster is making now is not an amount that UGA can’t top, and will top if that’s what it takes, as Damon Evans has said flat out that money will not be an issue.

If you aren’t self-loathing then you are most certainly extremely irrational, because jumping off the bridge and saying we are a “middle-tier SEC program” qualifies as irrational. Despite this down year, we still are among the top programs in the country for winning percentage. Kentucky, South Carolina, Arkansas… THOSE are “middle-tier” SEC programs. Georgia is almost always finishing either #1 or #2 in the East. That ain’t “middle-tier.”

Dan A.

December 14th, 2009
4:03 pm

Dawgclassof84 – yup, you’re definitely a Tech fan.

jack bull

December 14th, 2009
4:03 pm

Foster has always been jealous of that great big house Coach Beamer has on Lake Oconee, right around the corner from me, and only lives there PART TIME… Heck, we can pay him enough to have his own house here and live in it FULL TIME.. it’s all about the lake houses now-a-days folks…Richt=Hartwell,, Beamer=Oconee,,Saban=Rabun,, and the list goes on and on…

would be a great hire,,,thanks for the breaking news Mr. Tucker,,,uh, i mean Coach Donnan…

exNFLplayer

December 14th, 2009
4:04 pm

pdawg

December 14th, 2009
3:00 pm

I dont like how he fared against the triple option of Georgia tech…..28 points allowed doesnt impress me. Any DC we hire should be able to stop the spread options offenses we are bound to face every year notable florida and georgia tech

Foster is 1-1 against the TO. The talent level on this years VT defense is not what it has been in the past. Foster would be an excellent hire if UGA can get him. I would love to see what he can do with UGA’s athletes.