Frank Beamer announced this morning that quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain will serve as the play-caller next season instead of offensive coordinator Brian Stinespring.
Today’s announcements conclude a number of changes this off-season to Beamer’s coaching staff. In all, veteran running backs coach Billy Hite moves to assistant to the head coach / senior advisor. Outside linebackers / strong safeties coach Jim Cavanaugh moves to director of high school relations & recruiting.
Shane Beamer was added to the staff as running backs / associate head coach. Cornell Brown joins the staff as outside linebackers / assistant defensive line coach. Stinespring will continue to serve as the offensive coordinator / tight ends coach, but he will now coach the tackles as well. Offensive line coach Curt Newsome will now serve as the center & guards coach.
This afternoon, Beamer was hammered with all sorts of questions regarding his changes.
Beamer downplayed the play-calling change by saying, "To me, it’s not as big a deal as maybe you guys would make it out to be.”
According to Beamer, the decision to change play-callers was Stinespring’s decision.
Beamer explained, "One thing would be play-calling. That came about in sitting down with Bryan (Stinespring) and talking about it. Mike O'Cain meets with the quarterbacks every day, and I think having that guy that meets with them every day and is watching video and watching video of the last game, I think in the big picture, actually having that guy be the primary play-caller ... sometimes you’d run into a situation where you're watching film of the upcoming team and it's third-and-10 and it's, 'Logan, what would you like in this situation?' I think coach O'Cain has that opportunity.”
“Now let me say, Coach Stinespring did that every Friday night at the hotel with Tyrod. But I think meeting with the guy every day, sometimes you get more in tune with what your quarterback likes in certain situations. He knows why you're calling things in certain situations. I just think it’s kind of more open in that regard, so that's the reason. And Coach Stinespring was the guy to decide it, and that's the reason we ended up going that way."
Beamer also explained, “It wasn’t like I didn’t want Billy Hite around or didn’t want Jim Cavanaugh around. I did want them around. They’re valuable, valuable people to Virginia Tech football. If they wouldn't have been around, I wouldn't want to do this. If either one of them weren't going to stay around Virginia Tech football, I wouldn't have wanted to do this."
The press conference transcript is available here. It’s pretty interesting and includes his reasoning for Bud Foster not getting the associate head coach title.