This Saturday night, not only will two premier programs be going at one another when the Ohio State Buckeyes and Virginia Tech Hokies take the field against one another, but two of the best coaches of our generation will be squaring off as well, Urban Meyer and Frank Beamer.
Now with over 30 years at the Virginia Tech program, Beamer has an edge on Meyer in years at the helm, which is why it’s no surprise that Meyer has learned a lot from the ball coach.
Especially in the area Beamer knows best: Special teams.
In his press conference on Monday, Meyer talked a bit about his relationship with Beamer, and how he once changed the way he views the importance of coaching special teams.
I’ve had so much respect for him. When I was the‑‑ I was the receiver coach and Bob Davey came walking in said you’re the special teams coordinator, I said I don’t want to be the special teams. I didn’t really say it like that, because he would have said you’re out.
But he was one of the guys I went‑‑ because Beamer Ball something that’s been around for a long time. And I would like to think we’ve patterned ourselves ever since that was in 1999 or something like that,’98, when he said that. That’s when my appreciation for special teams and then I see what Virginia Tech did for so many years.
I studied them in person and I studied them afar ever since. He set a standard for‑‑ he’ll go down as how they won games, first of all, he’s a classy guy that does things the right way. But second of all his style of play is so unique for many, many years. Obviously he’s a legend.
Saturday night, we’ll see if the teacher taught the student everything he knows.