Photo shared on Twitter by Virginia Tech Hokie broadcaster Bill Roth
Frank Beamer now gets a different perspective of the Hokie tradition
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The entrance song for Virginia Tech football is now infamous. Metallica’s classic “Enter Sandman” plays, the fans jump and the stadium rocks.
The song was released in 1988 on Metallica’s Black Album. Virginia Tech started playing football in 1892. Frank Beamer became the head coach in 1987 and retired after last season. The “Enter Sandman” tradition didn’t start until 2000. It has now become one of the most exhilarating and fearsome entrances in college football.
Hokie Broadcaster Bill Roth captured a great photo of Beamer and his wife Cheryl seeing the team enter the stadium to “Enter Sandman” for the first time together. The Hokies have had their home opener at the beginning of the month against Liberty, and they hosted Boston College last weekend. Both games were Hokie victories.
Imagine the goosebumps induced by over 66,000 fans when you see it as a spectator after experiencing it as “business as usual” for 29 years.
Virginia Tech Football fan Mike Holton explained the experience this way:
“The (video) does nothing for it, when the first note hits the P.A. it’s like a nuke detonated at midfield. Every tree in Virginia shakes to its roots. The tide reverses at Virginia Beach, and the mountains of the Blue Ridge rumble from the echo. People in Charlottesville replace the glass in their westward facing windows, and the visiting team looks at each other and wonders ‘What’s coach got us into?'”
Keep jumping. Thanks Frank for the memories, the traditions and the bright future of Virginia Tech Football. The torch has been passed to Justin Fuente, and he has the Hokies rolling already. Virginia Tech hosts East Carolina this Saturday for their homecoming game. Kickoff is at 12:30.
– Andy Hilton