Obligatory Frank Beamer Screwed UNC Article

I wonder if during the last UNC home game the local media writers go together and drew straws to see who would be saddled with writing about the impact of Frank Beamer having reneged on his verbal agreement to coach at UNC in 2000 and head back to Blacksburg. The holder of the short straw this year is the Durham Herald-Sun’s Frank Dascenzo(registration required) whom I like as a columnist but in this case think got stuck writing about something that has already been written about 742 times since the turn of the century.

What Beamer could have brought the Tar Heels was the know-how to manage a program on a consistently strong basis. Beamer built a program at Virginia Tech when he didn’t have the marquee name. Four of his first six teams had losing seasons but his seventh, in 1993, finished 9-3 and the Hokies haven’t had a losing season since 1992.

His experience in college coaching, like his record, is unquestioned. Last Saturday’s blowout of William & Mary was Beamer’s 201st career win. He is tied with Ohio State’s Jim Tressel, and only two men are ahead of them — Florida State’s Bobby Bowden and Penn State’s Joe Paterno.

What Davis will get a look at, besides a stadium packed with Hokie fans craving another bowl season, is a Beamer-coached program that has produced double-digit victory totals in eight of the last 12 seasons, including the last three.

Virginia Tech has won no fewer than 8 games since 1997.

UNC didn’t want the Hokies in the ACC but wanted their coach. Now the Tar Heels have to live with trying to out-recruit, out-coach and defeat Beamer and his program.

It hasn’t been easy and it doesn’t appear it will be anytime soon.

The article actually begins with a full blown history lesson rehashing the departure of Mack Brown for Texas and then the subsequent failure of the Carl Torbush Experiment. Frank Beamer was Dick Baddour’s first target and as the story goes Beamer said yes before he said no and then receiving a raise at VT as a result. Thus the phrase “getting Beamered” was born into the ACC lexicon. Now here we are seven years later and Virginia Tech is an established winner, now in the same division and UNC has to think about what might have been.

And this is fairly spot on analysis, a little obvious in nature, but spot on. The problem is I do not think Tar Heel fans actually care or are bothered about what Beamer did at this point. Speaking for myself the only time I think about the fact Beamer could have been the head coach at UNC is when the media drags it out every time UNC plays VT in football. It does not cross my mind nor do I sit around watching the Hokies win football games season in and season out bitterly griping that could be us. Honestly, I think about the fact UNC could have secured Mark Richt who was the offensive coordinator at Florida State in 2000 than I do Beamer because unlike Beamer, Richt apparently was very interested in the job. It just gets a little old that almost seven years later media columnists feel compelled to rehash the Beamer incident and then go as far as to delve into extreme speculation as to what UNC might have been with Beamer at the helm.

It is what is and I just as soon not talk about what could have been.


11 Responses to Obligatory Frank Beamer Screwed UNC Article

  1. Wayne says:

    Had Dickie B. gone out and hired a qualified head coach to take over when Mack Brown left w’e never have had the NASCarl fiasco and even larger Bunting fiasco and Beamer would never have had the opporuntity to play UNC’s fiddle to get bigger bucks at VPI&SU.

  2. Wayne says:

    While I’m on my podium, it was Dicke B. who screwed UNC by settling for Bunting, settling for Torbush & settling for Doherty. I don’t think UNC was screwed by Beamer at all . . . the screwing took place a little closer to home.

  3. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Yes, but hasn’t he made up with getting Roy Williams the second time and then getting Butch Davis? Oh wait, he did not really have anything to do with getting those two did he?

    Yes Baddour has a lot to answer for as it pertains to the manner in which he handled the bigger hires from 1998-2003. Like I said, when I found out Mark Richt interviewed with UNC and Baddour already had his mind set on Bunting I almost lost it at that point. That is far worse than what happened with Beamer.

  4. Dan Schwind says:

    I honestly couldn’t care less that we didn’t get Beamer. Sure, he’s established a winner, but he’s established a winner with true character individuals like the Vick brothers and their infinite legal issues, and DeAngelo Hall, who made an ass of himself on Sunday. I’ve never had a lot of respect for Beamer ball, because to me, he’s just another guy who will recruit anyone with talent, regardless of character, and will tell them to do whatever it takes on the field, regardless of human decency and ethical play.

    As you said, THF, I think it’s more frustrating that we missed out on Mark Richt, who was able to take over a program with high expectations and low results in one of the toughest conferences in the country to compete and recruit and turn them back into a quality team. As opposed to Beamer, who took over a team with no expectations and fewer results, and turn them into a winner in a conference that, at the time, was highlighted by the U and that’s it.

  5. Wayne says:

    I think 100% of the credit for getting Ol’ Roy to return to the Hill is on El Deano. Without Coach Smith, Coach Williams would still be an active demigod in Lawrence.

    I assume Baddour should get credit for getting Coach Davis.

    All the while as A.D. D.B. has done an impressive job with the non-revenue sports.

    And, some really good news is that D.B. didn’t hire Mike Gundy . . .

    I’m almost on the Baddour Bandwagon.

  6. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Chuck Neinas gets credit for getting Butch Davis.

    I also think the change of AD at Kansas and the fact saying no twice to Dean was too much for Ol Roy took care of that deal.

  7. Dan Schwind says:

    Chuck Neinas definitely got Butch for us. But, in all fairness to Dicky B, he at least recognized that his last two attempts at getting a football head coach of high caliber were miserable failures and went out and got someone (Neinas) who could get the job done right.

  8. Tar Heel Fan says:

    True. Admitting you have a problem or in this case are the problem is the first step towards recovery.

    Seriously, it should be noted that I think Baddour runs the dept well. My understanding is revenue is coming in and based on what I have seen the way the dept does PR, marketing, handles the media and runs on campus events, Baddour should get credit for having a lot of things go right. Compare that to what happens at NC State where their fans constantly complain about the SID’s office, marketing failures and as well as general failures in the way certain events are run i.e. tailgating at CFS and also the fact they ran out of water by halftime during the game on Sat when it was nearly 100 degrees. Lee Fowler garnered similar criticism as Baddour on his coaching hires(which he also seems to have gotten right) but there are also areas of criticism he gets Baddour does not get.

  9. David W says:

    Baddour has been working at UNC since he graduated. He worked at the law school before he moved over to the athletic department. As THF mentioned, he has done a good job of taking care of the day to day operations of the athletic department. If Baddour had been left in this capacity he would not be a scapegoat for every snafu that the athletic department has had. His decision to pass on Mark Richt and Pete Carroll for the football coach and the desperation hire of Doherty have been high profile failures and as the head of the athletic department he needs to accept his share the blame for those failures. I do not know of another AD in the country that still held on to the job after bungling the hiring of a football and basketball coach.

  10. Tar Heel Fan says:

    That is why the Trustees seemed to be very involved in what happened last fall. Chuck Neinas was hired to head it up and the veiled implications I read in some articles indicated to me that if Baddour came up with some worthless candidate the BOT would shoot it down. I gather from the way that search unfolded that what the BOT was basically saying was UNC was very happy with all aspects of Dick Baddour’s management of the athletic dept except for hiring football and basketball coaches.

  11. Dan Schwind says:

    Let’s just be happy that Baddour got rid of He Who Shall Remain Nameless, and then took a backseat to Neinas when we needed him to.

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