MIAMI—Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster will interview today with Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips for the Tigers' head coaching position.
After a report on Rivals.com surfaced two weeks ago that Foster, 49, had been contacted by Clemson, Foster said last week nobody from Clemson had been in touch with him. Tech coach Frank Beamer said after Thursday night's game that Foster will interview today at Clemson.
Foster, 49, has been an assistant coach at Tech for 22 seasons. He has been the Hokies' defensive coordinator since 1995. In 2006, he won the Frank Broyles Award, which is given to the nation's top assistant coach. He was also a finalist for the award in '99, '01 and '05.
Phillips already has interviewed Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables and Lane Kiffin, a former offensive coordinator at the University of Southern California who was fired this year as coach of the Oakland Raiders. Phillips is expected to interview Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp soon. Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson also is considered a candidate for the job.
Former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden resigned Oct. 13 after the Tigers got off to a 3-3 start. Clemson entered the season as the favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dabo Swinney, who was Clemson's wide receivers coach, was promoted to interim coach.
He's also considered a candidate for the vacant job.
EMPTY SEATSMoving to Dolphin Stadium from the since-demolished Orange Bowl has not solved Miami's attendance woes.
Thursday marked the Hurricanes' home finale, and other than a game against Florida State, they never came within 10,000 of selling out the 74,916-seat facility. In fact, judged by percentage of capacity, Miami rates last among the ACC's 12 teams in home attendance — yes, even behind Duke.
The Blue Devils average 28,417 at Wallace Wade Stadium, but that's 84 percent of capacity. Miami is the lone conference school below 80 percent.
Prior to Thursday, the Hurricanes' average home crowd was 46,191, 62 percent of a full house.
"Obviously, there's opportunity to grow," Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt told the News-Press of Fort Myers, Fla. "We will take every opportunity to offer our product to as many people as possible. We'll continue to talk about price and affordability."
ROTATION IS BACKWith the return of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, a Hampton High graduate, Tech was back to its quarterback rotating ways.
Sean Glennon started the game and played 20 snaps in the first half. Taylor played 14 snaps, and Greg Boone ran out of the "Wild Turkey" formation once for no gain. Tech rotated its quarterbacks a total of 12 times in the half. Tech gained 113 yards on Glennon's 20 plays, while the Hokies picked up 78 yards on Taylor's 14 plays.
ON DECKTech hosts Duke on Nov. 22. The Blue Devils (4-5, 1-4 ACC) play Saturday at Clemson.
The Hokies are 4-0 against Duke since joining the ACC, with an average margin of 33.5 points. None of the games was closer than 24 points.