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Virginia Tech hires Memphis' Justin Fuente as coach

Virginia Tech has hired Justin Fuente to succeed Frank Beamer as coach after the season, the school confirmed Sunday.

Fuente, who revived the program at Memphis, will replace Beamer, who announced earlier this month that he would retire at the end of this season -- his 29th at Tech.

"This is an exciting day for Virginia Tech," university president Timothy Sands said Sunday. "... I am looking forward to a bright future for our football program under the direction of Coach Fuente. He has demonstrated a commitment to excellence, integrity and the values that Hokies espouse."

According to the Roanoke Times, the deal is for six years with a starting salary of $3.2 million and rises to $3.65 million by 2021. In addition, Virginia Tech will reimburse Fuente for the $500,000 that he had to give Memphis to buy out his deal there.

Longtime Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster will remain on Virginia Tech's staff under Fuente, the school announced.

Memphis concluded its regular season Saturday with a 63-0 victory over SMU.

Fuente, 39, has a 26-23 record in four seasons at Memphis. The Tigers are 9-3 this year after going 10-3 last season and ending a six-year bowl drought.

"Justin is a very impressive individual who also happens to be one of the brightest offensive minds in college football," Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock said in a statement. "He elevated Memphis to unprecedented heights. His recruiting philosophy is progressive and comprehensive. Coach Fuente has displayed tremendous talent in evaluating players and developing young men as they strive to reach their full potential. Simply put, Coach Fuente exudes all the qualities that Hokies hold near and dear."