Beamer congratulated Fuente on the Hokies ACC Coastal Division title, clinched less than an hour earlier by N.C. States upset of North Carolina. Fuente thanked Beamer for the program he built and told him his appearance would be a surprise to the players. As Beamer walked into the meeting room, the same room in which he announced his retirement last fall, the players rose and cheered. Beamer and Fuente beamed. Beamer spoke briefly and off the cuff about the importance of the Virginia rivalry — he guaranteed the Cavaliers would play their best — and his admiration for this senior class, which includes quality players and young men such as Sam Rogers, Nigel Williams, Jonathan McLaughlin, Augie Conte, Woody Baron, Ken Ekanem, Chuck Clark and Brenden Motley. SourceThose three or four hours tomorrow, Beamer said, youll remember the rest of your life. The team roared again, and countless players embraced Beamer as he walked back up the aisle. As the Hokies loaded busses for their overnight destination in Roanoke, Beamer drove back to his home for our interview. After an adoring greeting from Hudson, we sat upstairs, where a billiards room and office teem with memorabilia, and not just the photos, awards and commemorative footballs youd expect.
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