Beamer apologizes for hitting player on helmet

Updated: October 23, 2003, 7:54 PM ET
Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer will probably not be disciplined for slapping a player on the helmet during the Hokies' 28-7 loss to West Virginia on Wednesday night.

"The administration and I agree that this single incident is not reflective of how Frank has conducted business throughout his coaching career," athletic director Jim Weaver said Thursday in a statement.

Beamer slapped receiver Ernest Wilford on the sidelines during a heated argument. He apologized after the game Wednesday night.

"There is no one I respect more in my football program than Ernest Wilford," Beamer said in the statement. "I should have shown him better respect. It came at a very frustrating time for all of us, but that still does not excuse my actions."

Wilford, a senior, said he accepted the apology. "I respect him as a man, I respect him as a coach. Now it's time to move on and regroup."

Virginia Tech (6-1, 2-1 Big East) came into the game ranked third, but the Hokies are certain to drop after they fell behind by 14 points early and never crossed midfield in the second half. It was Virginia Tech's worst defeat since a 38-7 loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 3, 2001. The Hokies were the least-penalized team in the conference, but were flagged 13 times for 116 yards.

Virginia Tech plays No. 2 Miami on Nov. 1.


Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press

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