Ex-Virginia tech coach Justin Fuente is said to be a front-runner

Interim head coach of UAB Bryant Vincent took over and the team is 5-6 through 11 games. Vincent filled in for Bill Clarkwho resigned ahead of the season but could carry on in the future, UAB could reportedly be looking for the former Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente. CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd made the case for Fuente to end up at UAB.

“Former coach Bill Clark healed well from behind, leading to his pre-season resignation,” Dodd wrote. “However, don’t expect him to return to the program he built from the ground up. We hear the former Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente or veterans like (Kevin) Sumlin, (Neal) Brown (when West Virginia moves), Skip wood and Larry Fedora.”

UAB was up 4-2 against Charlotte after the team’s Oct. 15 game. However, three straight losses to Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic and UTSA dampened a solid season.

Now at 5-6, the Blazers need a win at Louisiana Tech to go bowlable after last weekend’s 41-10 loss to No. 6 LSU.

Fuente spent five seasons at Virginia Tech from 2016–21, averaging a 43–31 record. Virginia Tech fired Fuente after a 5-5 record before the end of the 2021 season, and the Hokies ended a 2020 season with a 5-6 record and no bowl game.

Fuente coached Memphis from 2012-2015, going 26-23 and winning the AAC title with the Tigers in 2014. Fuente, a former quarterback, played his college ball at Oklahoma and Murray State. From 2000 to 2001, he briefly played professional football for the Oklahoma Wranglers of the now-defunct Arena Football League

Fuente began his coaching career with Illinois State in 2001 as quarterbacks coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2004. In 2006, Fuente joined TCU as a running backs coach and became co-offensive coordinator in 2009.

Virginia Tech finished the regular season 3-8 and will not play rival Virginia on Saturday amid a tragedy in the Cavaliers program.

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“Now is the time for healing and we fully support the decision to cancel the game,” the Virginia Tech head coach said Brent Pry said in a statement. “We will continue to have UVA, their program and the community of Charlottesville at the forefront of our thoughts. We love to compete and look forward to getting back on the field when the time is right.”