All evidence has been presented, and the defense rests – and Virginia Tech’s defense certainly deserves a break after bailing out Tech again Friday night in a 13-10 overtime bowl win against Rutgers.

After seeing the final offering from an offense led by offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring, Tech coach Frank Beamer should be able to make an informed decision regarding future leadership of his offense.

Of course, Beamer’s mind may have been made up well before this abysmal offensive effort. In any case, if decisions regarding the staff are going to be made or have been made, announcements will likely come quick. Beamer wasn’t ready to discuss anything regarding his coaching staff after the game, instead choosing to comment only on the win.

Tech (7-6), which won its last three games of the season, escaped the indignity of its first losing season in 20 years despite putting up just 196 yards against Rutgers. The last time Tech had fewer yards in a game was in the 2009 season-opener, when it posted 155 yards in a loss to Alabama in Atlanta – a program Tech will meet again in Atlanta to open next season, with the Crimson Tide possibly coming off a national championship.

 If you’re a Tech fan that witnessed the bowl win either in person or on the tube, would you feel confident going into another meeting against Alabama the Hokies could get it done with Stinespring and the current offensive staff running the show? The last time Tech had fewer yards in a game than it had against Rutgers (9-4) and won was in ’06, when it put up just 139 yards in a 17-10 win at Miami.

As far as Stinespring is concerned, he went the route of talking about celebrating the win with his players, coaches, family and friends when asked after the game about his future on Tech’s staff.

I managed to corner him for a few moments to ask him about speculation he’d recently interviewed for Auburn’s offensive line coaching job. He said he hadn’t interviewed for the job.

“I’ve been blessed and feel like there have been opportunities, but unless we get to that point, I don’t spend a lot of time talking about the ifs and ours about possibilities,” said Stinespring, who has been Tech’s offensive coordinator for 11 seasons, and who has been on Tech’s staff since 1990 in various capacities. “That doesn’t do any good. I concentrate on what I’m doing right now.”

When I pressed him and asked if he’d had any contact at all with Auburn about the offensive line job, he laughed, walked away and referred to me as “pesky.” He scooted from view before I could ask him about more speculation that he’d had contact with Auburn about a tight ends coach position.

On Dec. 19, new Auburn coach Gus Malzahn hired J.B. Grimes to be his offensive line coach. Grimes coached from 1993-97 at Tech, where he was the offensive line coach. Stinespring took over in ’98 as Tech’s offensive line coach.

An indication Beamer may have already had some discussions with members of his offensive staff about finding other means of employment came in the midst of the first quarter of the bowl. A tweet from Pete Roussel of the reputable @coachingsearch Twitter account was released stating Tech wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman is set to join Purdue’s coaching staff after the bowl.

With a media horde surrounding him in postgame interviews, Sherman expectedly went mum on the topic.

“My focus right now is on enjoying this win right now, so I don’t know what you’re talking about just yet,” said Sherman, who has been Tech’s receivers coach since ’06.

When asked if he thought he’d be back on the staff again next season, Sherman had little to offer. He also didn’t provide any insight into possible dealings with Purdue, which recently hired former Kent State coach Darrell Hazzell to be its new coach.

“I can’t answer that question,” said Sherman in response to both questions, adding he did “know some people” at Purdue.

The best line on Sherman’s resume from Tech is obviously the fact he helped produce the two most accomplished pass-catchers in school history in Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale, respectively, but Sherman has been a mediocre recruiter.

He did team with defensive backs coach Torrian Gray to help get a commitment from elite class of ’13 cornerback Kendall Fuller of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, Md.

Sherman missed out on getting commitments from all 13 of the other prospects he’s had a hand in recruiting since the ’09 class that were rated by the recruiting website among the top 15 players in the nation at their respective position. Those players include linebacker Peter Kalambayi from Matthews, N.C. (’13 class), linebacker Stephone Anthony from Wadesboro, N.C. (’11 class) and quarterback Marquise Williams from Charlotte (’11 class).

In addition to Stinespring and Sherman, offensive line coach Curt Newsome, a Phoebus High graduate, and quarterbacks coach/play-caller Mike O’Cain have been coaches on Tech’s staff most associated with discussions about possible impending changes.

As many issues as Tech had moving the ball against Rutgers (averaging just 2.7 yards per play; punting the ball 11 times, which matched the most ever in a Tech game coached by Beamer, and was the most ever in a win under Beamer), O’Cain didn’t do the offense many favors when it did start picking up some yards with some questionable play-calling.