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This Metallica Tribute to Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer Is Pretty Cool (Video)
Back on November 1, Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, a college football institution, announced he would be retiring at the end of the season.
Given that he’s been the coach of the Hokies since 1979, and has won seven conference titles and 276 games in his career, you knew Virginia Tech would put on quite the pre-game ceremony at their final home game of the season on Saturday. But a Metallica tribute? That’s pretty cool.
Of course, as you may know, the Hokies have been using Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” as their entrance music since 2000. As a result, the Hokies’ entrance has become one of the best in college football:
In 2011, Metallica even recognized this by taping a special message to be played on the video board at Lane Stadium before a game against the Miami Hurricanes:
However, arranging for Metallica to make the first video was apparently no easy task. It took a lot of well-connected people calling in favors and, of course, the cooperation of the band. So while it makes sense that they’d try to do it again to commemorate a legendary coach’s retirement, there was no guarantee they’d be able to pull it off.
They did though. Before Beamer’s last game at Lane Stadium, Metallica wished him a fond farewell:
Unfortunately, a special message from Metallica was not enough to propel the Hokies to a victory in Coach Beamer’s final home game.
But hey, it’s the thought that counts.
Hat Tip – [FTW]