Old friends Meyer, Beamer face off in Week 2

The start of conference play in the Big 12 and Pac-12, the last Michigan-Notre Dame game for the foreseeable future and a couple of intriguing intersectional matchups highlight the second week of the college football season.

Here are some things to know before the second weekend kicks off.

COACHING BFFs: There is almost no one in the coaching profession respected more than Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer, now in his 28th season. With two national championships under his belt, there are few coaches in America better known than Ohio State’s Urban Meyer.

When the eighth-ranked Buckeyes meet Virginia Tech on Saturday – for the first time ever – it’ll be a matchup of friends with a lot riding on the outcome.

When Meyer first started coaching under Bob Davie at Notre Dame and was put in charge of special teams, he sought out the best in the business – the Hokies coach and proponent of ”Beamerball.”

”He was the guy who just started storming the castle, blocking punts,” Meyer said. ”They were just really aggressive.”

Meyer and Beamer became fast friends. Their wives, Cheryl Beamer and Shelley Meyer, became best friends. After practice Wednesday, Meyer chuckled when he got a text message from Cheryl.

”His reputation follows him. He’s a very knowledgeable coach, very good overall,” Beamer said of Meyer. ”You’re talking about a program that has great players, but they’re well coached. You say that most times, but they really are a well, well coached football team.”

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