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Who's next at Virginia Tech? Possible successors for Beamer

The cliche goes that you don't want to be the guy who follows the coaching legend.

Well, it's worked out OK for Jimbo Fisher, who has returned Florida State to elite-program status since taking over for Bobby Bowden at Florida State.

Virginia Tech does not have the advantage of the fertile Florida recruiting ground, but it is a program with lots to offer. Longtime coach Frank Beamer will step down after this season. Whomever athletic director Whit Babcock hires to replace the future Hall of Fame coach has a chance to get the Hokies playing for Atlantic Coast Conference titles again fairly fast.

Here are some possible candidates:

Matt Campbell, Toledo. The...