As Frank Beamer walks into Lefty’s Main Street Grille, a couple greets him, then another does so as he gets to his table and a third does as he leaves. They all tell him he looks great—losing 32 pounds will do that for a man. “I’ll never be fat again,” he says. He couldn’t have looked any better in that tuxedo for his daughter’s wedding, either.
Beamer is famous in Blacksburg, Va. … but nowhere else. In the era of the larger-than-life Supercoach, he has built a career—he is entering his 26th season at Virginia Tech—on consistency. There is no Beamer statue to worship or to tear down. He doesn’t have Bear Bryant’s houndstooth hat, Bobby Bowden’s “dadgum” or Joe Paterno’s Grand Experiment.