Virginia Tech eyeing offensive line coach from Syracuse

ATLANTA – Even before a new offensive coordinator is officially hired, Virginia Tech may be closing in on hiring a new offensive line coach to be his assistant.

Syracuse assistant Greg Adkins, the Orange’s offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator, could be in line to join the Hokies’ staff, I’m told.

Adkins was an assistant coach at Tennessee from 2003-2008, coaching with Tech assistant Shane Beamer, the son of coach Frank Beamer, in 2003 when Shane was a graduate assistant.

Adkins has also coached at Troy, Georgia and Marshall.

If he is let go, the Hokies’ current offensive line coach, Curt Newsome, would likely return to James Madison, where he coached from 1999-2005.

Former Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler and former OklahomaState offensive coordinator Chuck Long are candidates to join the Virginia Tech football coaching staff, but former North CarolinaState offensive coordinator Dana Bible is not.

Virginia Tech has not officially announced that it will make any changes, but it is widely expected that offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring will be reassigned within the program and at least two other assistants won’t return to the Hokies, who went 7-6 this season and struggled offensively.

Loeffler was the offensive coordinator at Auburn last year and Temple the season before that.

A former Michigan quarterback, he has also been the quarterbacks coach at Central Michigan, Michigan and Florida and for the Detroit Lions in the NFL.

David Teel of the Daily Press was the first to report Loeffler as a candidate.

Long, an Iowa alum and former NFL quarterback, last worked as offensive coordinator at Kansas under Turner Gill in 2010. He spent the past year out of college coaching, opting to work with his son’s high school team in Norman, Oklahoma.

He was the San DiegoState coach from 2006-2008. Before that, he was an assistant at Oklahoma and Iowa. Coaching at Oklahoma from 1999-2005, Long tutored 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White and 2000 Heisman finalist Josh Heupel.

Stanford’s Pep Hamilton, the hot name early this offseason, apparently has turned down a chance to join the Hokies. Hamilton could be a candidate for an NFL coordinator’s position this offseason.

Bible, the former North CarolinaState and BostonCollege offensive coordinator, whose son, Logan, is a redshirt freshman outfielder on the Tech baseball team, also had some discussions about joining the Hokies’ offensive staff, but will not.

Bible, who coached North CarolinaState in its Music City Bowl loss to Vanderbilt after Tom O’Brien was fired, may accept a position in the New York Jets’ organization.