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Beamer would consider Friedgen as assistant

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The friendship between Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen has been well-documented, which is why it should come as no surprise to hear that Beamer would consider adding Friedgen to his staff -- if the time was right.

"Well, yeah, I mean, if the situation was right to do it," Beamer said at Sunday morning's news conference for the Discover Orange Bowl. "I think that's -- any time you're with your staff, it's got to be the right situation at the right time. And my wife keeps talking about my son Shane. But it's got to be at the right situation at the right time. That's the way that should work.

"But as far as Ralph being a qualified coach and I think a really, really good coach, there's no question. And as far as Shane being a qualified coach and a really, really good coach, I don't think there's any question."

Beamer said Maryland's decision to fire Friedgen following his ACC Coach of the Year performance was "certainly up for debate." Beamer's son Shane is an assistant coach for South Carolina.