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Beamer under contract with Virginia Tech until 2012

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer has a
new seven-year contract that will boost his annual salary from $1.4
million to $2 million and runs through 2012 season.
The deal has an option for three additional years.
"I am pleased and proud that this contract will enable Frank
Beamer to conclude his coaching career at Virginia Tech," athletic
director Jim Weaver said in a statement Thursday. "He has done an
outstanding job building this program and has proven himself to be
one of the nation's elite coaches."
The agreement also guarantees the 58-year-old Beamer, who is in
his 19th season as Tech's coach, additional bonuses. His assistants
also will receive substantial pay increases and performance-based
annual raises.
Both Beamer and his assistants will receive a new bonuses for
postseason appearances.
Officials had hoped to complete the deal before Virginia Tech's
Sept. 4 opener at North Carolina State. Beamer had refused to agree
to any new contract that didn't include raises for each of his nine
full-time assistant coaches.
"I think we have the greatest staff in the country and I want
to keep them," he said.
Beamer has built Virginia Tech from a perennial also-ran into a
national power. He is 183-100-4 in his career, the third most
victories of any active major college coach. In the past 12
seasons, Beamer's Hokies are 117-37 with 12 consecutive bowl
appearances.
He led the Hokies to an Atlantic Coast Conference championship
last season, their first in the ACC.
No. 3 Virginia Tech (6-0) is off this week and plays ACC rival
Maryland on Oct. 20.