Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente to remain Hokies coach after reportedly interviewing with Baylor

Baylor is the most high-profile coaching vacancy in FBS, and it's going to have to wait a little while longer to fill the position. Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente, who had been rumored to be one of the top candidates at Baylor, announced in a tweet Thursday that he will return to the Hokies for the 2020 season.

Yahoo Sports reported on Tuesday that Fuente was planning an in-person interview with Baylor within 24 hours and was considered the leading candidate to get the job.

Fuente is 33-20 in four seasons with Virginia Tech, including a 10-4 record and ACC Coastal division title in his first season in 2016. The program has taken a step back since then. It has lost three straight bowl games, missed out on the postseason AP Top 25 for each of the last two seasons and finished 8-5 in 2019, including losses to Boston College and Duke.

Baylor is looking to replace Matt Rhule, who left after posting an 11-3 record and played in the Big 12 Championship Game with a potential berth in the College Football Playoff on the line. He took over a program that was a total mess after the Art Briles sexual assault scandal, and build it back into a national contender in just three seasons. 

Whoever takes over the Bears program will have the keys to a team that is on stable ground, but will have to hit the ground running on the recruiting trail. The NCAA "dead period" ended on Thursday, which means that it'll be a mad dash leading up to traditional national signing day on Feb. 5.

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Barrett Sallee has been a member of the sports media in various aspects since 2001. He is currently a college football writer for CBS Sports, analyst for CBS Sports HQ and host for the SiriusXM college... Full Bio

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