Hokies coordinator Foster to interview for Clemson job

Updated: November 14, 2008, 7:40 PM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said he told his players after a 16-14 loss to Miami on Thursday night that defensive coordinator Bud Foster will interview for the Clemson job, most likely on Friday.

"I believe it's tomorrow," Beamer said Thursday night. "I just told our people in there I wish him well. He's done a great job for us and he deserves the opportunity."

Foster, who has spent the past 13 seasons as the Hokies' defensive coordinator, has earned respect throughout the country as a motivator and is regarded as one of the game's top assistants. His defenses have been among the nation's best in recent years.

In 2006, he won the Broyles Award, which is given to the top assistant in the country. His 2005 and 2006 teams both led the nation in total defense.

Foster is one of several candidates who have been confirmed as interviewing for the job to replace Tommy Bowden, who stepped down on Oct. 13 after 10 seasons there. Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables and former Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin also have interviewed with Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips in the past two weeks.

"It definitely hurt" to hear the news, cornerback Victor "Macho" Harris said. "It's my last year, but he's a great, great, great teacher, great helper, I mean a great father figure in our lives. I'm not saying he's going to get the job, but just to have that piece missing, if he does get the job it will definitely hurt me and the younger guys behind me. I know they'll be hurt. I kind of want to be selfish and hope he doesn't get the job, but at the same time, Coach Foster deserves everything he gets."

The Tigers also are interested in talking to Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson, a Clemson alumnus, and Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, according to multiple sources.

Interim Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, whose Tigers have won one of three games following Bowden's resignation, also is considered a possible candidate for the full-time position.

Heather Dinich covers college football for ESPN.com. ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach contributed to this report.

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