Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster has it made and he knows it.
There are some coordinators out there who make more money, but when it comes to the complete package, "I've probably got the best contract in the country," he said. The recent annuity, he said, was just "icing on the cake."
He's right. And while it's not a coach-in-waiting agreement, it's a definite vote of confidence, and that's enough to satisfy Foster.
"I'm fine with that," he said. "When it's all said and done, there's probably some instances [a coach-in-waiting plan] might be a good situation, and some it's not. This is another way to lock assistants in. It's not a new thing in college football."
Foster has talked with Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer about his desire to be the program's next head coach, and it's not a secret in Blacksburg that it's his ideal career move. Beamer was instrumental in making the addition to Foster's current contract happen.
"That tells me he appreciates how hard I've worked and the commitment to the program," Foster said.
Virginia Tech fans always get so wrapped up in keeping Foster happy that sometimes it seems they take for granted that they already have one of -- if not the best -- coach in the conference. This contract should assure the Hokies there's no need to rush anything. The only offer that would lure Foster away would be the right head coaching opportunity at the BCS level, and if he sticks around long enough to get paid his annuity, he might not have to look much further to find that.