The senior day matchup with the Tar Heels marks head coach Frank Beamer’s 180th and final home game at the helm of Virginia Tech’s program. He will retire at the end of the season.
“My goals for these players have been the same for decades,” Beamer said in a release. “I want them to get a quality education, have a positive experience and mature as people in our program. This has been a very responsible group that has worked extremely hard. They haven’t asked me for one thing this season. When they approached me and asked to wear the black uniforms for our final home game, I had no problem with it. If it makes it more fun for them, I’m good with it.”
The jerseys and helmets the Hokies wear on Saturday will pay homage to their long-time coach, as an emblem possessing Beamer’s likeness will be featured on both. The No. 25 that Beamer wore as a player with Virginia Tech will also be present in orange on one side of the helmet, with the VT logo on the other.
Beamer, 69, is the longest-tenured head football coach in the country. He has coached the Hokies since 1987.
Kickoff between Virginia Tech (5–5) and UNC (9–1) is slated for noon ET on ESPN.
- Kayla Lombardo