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"...whispers throughout college football offices continue to swirl that an even bigger change might be coming sooner than later. Jim Weaver has been athletics director since 1997, teaming with coach Frank Beamer to create one of the nation's most consistent football programs.
However, there is persistent chatter that Weaver, wildly popular within the college sports industry, is nearing retirement. If -- and this is a gigantic if -- that should happen, the most-mentioned heir would be Beamer. If -- there's that word again -- that took place, then it would finally mean the promotion of one of the last longest-tenured head-coaches-in-waiting, defensive coordinator Bud Foster.
'Rumors are rumors, but when they keep hanging around, you can't help but start to buy in,' says another ACC coordinator. 'That's been a tight-knit group up there for a long time. A hard club to get into. Any movement at all within that program is going to get a lot of assistants excited. And it might be what they need to get out of this rut they're kind of stuck in.'"