Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has reported that Virginia Tech quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain has been fired.
In his article for the RT-D, Barber interviewed O’Cain, who said that he was fired Tuesday by head coach Frank Beamer. O’Cain’s firing was the day after Scot Loeffler and Jeff Grimes visited Blacksburg. CBSSports.com reported Monday night that Loeffler has been hired by Virginia Tech as offensive coordinator, but there has been no official acknowledgement of Loeffler’s hiring.
O’Cain, 58, is a 1977 Clemson graduate who has been coaching college football since he was a graduate assistant at Clemson in 1977. He was head coach of NC State from 1993-1999, and his coaching career includes stints at The Citadel, Murray State, ECU, and North Carolina. Overall, O’Cain has spent 19 years as an offensive coordinator, QB coach, or both. He was hired in 2006 as Virginia Tech’s quarterbacks coach. O’Cain made a salary of 252,776 for the 2012 season.
O’Cain’s firing is the first acknowledgement that any of Virginia Tech’s offensive coaches have been released, by either Virginia Tech or the coaches involved. It is widely reported and rumored that wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman is headed to Purdue and offensive line coach Curt Newsome is returning to JMU. Loeffler is reportedly replacing Bryan Stinespring as OC and O’Cain as QB coach, while Grimes will replace Newsome. Virginia Tech has interviewed Stanford wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead as a replacement for Sherman.
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– Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com, March 30, 2012