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Virginia Tech faces uncertainty as Baylor’s coaching search continues

Virginia Tech faces uncertainty as Baylor’s coaching search continues

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Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente, shown at the start of last week’s game against Old Dominion, will guide the Hokies against FCS Furman on Saturday ahead of the team’s bye week.

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech has 2020 signees scheduled to move into their new homes on campus in Blacksburg as early as Thursday morning.

Who will be greeting them at the football offices? That remains to be seen.

Hokies coach Justin Fuente reportedly interviewed Wednesday for the Baylor head coaching job, which became available when Matt Rhule left to take the same position with the Carolina Panthers.

While Fuente arrived at his office on campus at 7 a.m. with the rest of the coaching staff, it was unclear when his work day ended.

Fuente remains in the mix for the opening, but reports from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg named LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda a strong candidate, as is internal candidate Joey McGuire, the Bears' interim coach, who has been on staff for the last three years.

The Roanoke Times reached out to a number of Tech’s 2020 signees to see what if anything the coaching staff was sharing with them about the situation. Three incoming freshmen hadn’t heard directly from the coaching staff about Fuente’s connection to Baylor.

The topic was brought up in a group chat by one signee and Tech staff members called the reports “rumors.” One player's father reached out directly to the staff and go the same response. 

There was some football staff news on Wednesday. Tech special assistant Jerry Kill, the former Minnesota head coach who left that job due to health issues, is taking an unspecified job with another Big 12 program — TCU. A source with knowledge of the situation said the two situations are unrelated. TCU coach Gary Patterson, reached out to Kill prior to Baylor’s pursuit of Fuente.

Mike Niziolek is the Virginia Tech football beat writer for The Roanoke Times. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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