Bud Foster came close to leaving Hokies for A&M


In the annual spinning of the head coaching carousel, Bud Foster‘s name has consistently been bandied about although he’s never pulled the trigger on a move up the coaching ladder.  In fact, the closest he may have come to leaving Virginia Tech would’ve amounted to a lateral move.

Texas A&M embarked on a search for a new defensive coordinator immediately after the end of the 2014 regular season, ultimately pilfering John Chavis away from LSU to fill the void created by the firing of Mark Snyder.  While the name most connected to the job was Will Muschamp — he ultimately took the Auburn job — it was Foster who was, in his words, in daily contact with A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin throughout December.

“The rumors were there, but they were real,” Foster said according to the Roanoke Times. “It was probably as close as I’ve ever been to leaving this place. …

“It was intriguing with Kevin. His notoriety as an offensive guy and putting offensive points on the board and those kind of things and being able to get the type of athletes they can get at Texas A&M, it was an intriguing option at the end of the day.”

Foster’s wife even signed off on the prospective move to College Station, something she hadn’t done in the past when other opportunities popped up. In the end, Foster stayed with the Hokies, even agreeing to a new five-year contract in late December.

Foster, who has been on Frank Beamer‘s staff since 1987 and been the coordinator since 1993, is widely viewed as the likely successor to the 68-year-old Beamer when he decides to hang up his coaching whistle.

Alabama’s Anderson repeats as Bronko Nagurski award winner

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has become the second two-time winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

Anderson was presented the award on Monday night by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Anderson had 10 sacks for the No. 5-ranked Crimson Tide this season. He also won the award last year after recording 17 1/2 sacks.

Anderson, a junior, had two sacks in Alabama’s regular-season win finale against rival Auburn and had his first touchdown when he returned an interception 25 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

Anderson joins former Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald as the only two-time winner of the award. Fitzgerald won the award in 1995 and 1996 and later went on to become the head coach at Northwestern.

It’s unclear if Anderson will enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama next season.

FSU standout QB Jordan Travis returning for senior season

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, the fourth player in school history to account for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a single season, is staying in school for his senior year.

Travis made the announcement Monday, the same day hundreds of players across the nation entered the NCAA transfer portal or declared for the NFL draft. Travis chose a different path and could be an early favorite in next year’s Heisman Trophy race.

“So many memories have been made on this field and we’re not done yet,” Travis said in a highlight video posted on social media. “See y’all in 2023.”

A fourth-year junior, Travis has 22 touchdown passes to go along with seven rushing scores, one receiving and just four interceptions. He has led the 13th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) to five consecutive wins as they prepare to play Oklahoma (6-6) in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando.

Travis joined FSU’s three Heisman Trophy winners – Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013 – to account for 3,000 yards and 30 TDs in a season. He is one of six QBs in Power Five conferences with at least 20 TD passes and four or fewer interceptions.