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Pitt Coaching Search: Bud Foster 'Very Interested,' According To Report

As Pitt looks to replace Todd Graham, who vacated his head coaching position with the Panthers to take over at Arizona State on Wednesday, the university might be looking to its new league, the Atlantic Coast Conference, for an answer.

Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster spoke to ESPN's Heather Dinich on Thursday and didn't hide his feelings about the idea of moving to Pittsburgh.

Dear Pitt: Foster is still available, and he's "very interested."

Last year, Pitt contacted Foster but he didn't go for the interview. He and his wife talked about it, but it just wasn't the right time. Now?

"I'd be very interested in the potential," Foster said.

Foster's Hokies defense was ranked No. 8 nationally in points per game allowed this season, conceding just 17.2 points per contest. The Somerset, Ken. native has lead Virginia Tech's defense under Frank Beamer since 1995 and previously coached at Murray State, where he played from 1977-1980.

Dinich believes Foster would be a perfect fit at Pitt. We'll see if athletic director Steve Pederson and Co. feel the same way, or lean toward coaches with Pitt connections like reported frontrunners Teryl Austin and Paul Rhoads.

Foster's Hokies will face Michigan in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3.

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