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AP source: Foster agrees to 5-year deal with Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, widely viewed as one of the college game’s top defensive minds, signed a five-year contract with a significant raise, a person familiar with the deal said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal has not been announced.

Foster, in his 28th year at Virginia Tech, has been the defensive coordinator since 1995. In 2006, he won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach. The Hokies have finished in the top 20 in total defense nine of the last 10 years, and had the nation’s No. 1 defense in 2005 and 2006.

The new deal includes a base salary of $600,000 the first year, an incremental raise in subsequent years and a $300,000 annual retention bonus to be paid in two $150,000 installments six months apart.

Foster’s current contract calls for a base salary of $556,000. He also is to receive an $800,000 annuity on Jan. 1 that was promised in 2009 by then-athletic director Jim Weaver if Foster remained with the program through the 2014 season.

Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock did not return a phone message Tuesday, but the person familiar with the contract said Babcock and Foster have signed the agreement and it is going through the university’s approval process.

Foster has spent his entire career on coach Frank Beamer’s staff, beginning as a graduate assistant at Murray State in 1981. He also played there from 1977-80, the last two seasons with Beamer as the defensive coordinator.

The Hokies face Cincinnati in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland.

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