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Yesterday, ESPN’s Chris Low broke the news that Oklahoma has hired Georgia’s special teams coordinator and tight ends coach, Shane Beamer. Beamer will take the role of ‘assistant head coach of the offense’ while working along side of Lincoln Riley.
Shane Beamer is leaving Georgia to become assistant head coach for the offense at Oklahoma and will be involved with Lincoln Riley in preparing the Sooners’ weekly offensive game plan, sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) January 22, 2018
Beamer, 40, is the son of Hall of Fame coach, Frank Beamer, has had quite the career so far. He began his career as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech before moving on to Mississippi State as a cornerbacks coach. Thereafter, Beamer would become the linebackers and special teams coach at South Carolina and eventually assistant head coach at Virginia Tech. His latest stop before his recent hiring, was with the Georgia Bulldogs where he doubled as both the tight ends coach, as well as the special teams coordinator. When he arrives in Norman, Beamer will reportedly be responsible for offensive game planning as well as coach tight ends and H-backs.
Quick Thoughts —
– Oklahoma is getting another recruiter
In what has become an endless arms race, Oklahoma is shoring up an already impressive group of recruiters with Shane Beamer. This is significant as both Texas and Texas A&M are also bolstering their staff with elite recruiters meaning the recruiting battles in the state of Texas are only going to get tougher for the Sooners.
Beamer has an impressive list of commitment under his belt ranging from NFL star wide receiver, Alshon Jeffery to most recently, 2018’s top-overall running back, Zamir White. Other notable names: 5-star TE, Issac Nauta; 4-star TE, Luke Ford; 4-star safety, Holland Fisher; 4-star ILB, Channing Tindall.
– Overhaul Special Teams
Although reports don’t specifically state it, you have to assume that Beamer will be involved in special teams coaching as Oklahoma ranks poorly every category outside of field goal kicking. Beamer has been credited to helping overhaul Georgia’s special teams play over the past two seasons to the point where the Bulldogs ranked within the top-30 in almost every category. That’s a far-cry from Oklahoma who is sitting at, or just outside the top-100. If you’re gonna win championships, you can’t ignore special teams play.
– Assistant Head Coach of the Offense?
It’s an interesting title to say the least, but what does it imply? This going purely off assumption, but it would be tough for Oklahoma to hire Beamer away from Georgia with a lateral move offer. As you already know, Bill Bedenbaugh and Cale Gundy already hold the titles of co-offensive coordinators. To pull this off, Oklahoma needed a new title that can earn a bit more money than tight ends and half-backs coach. Which brings me to my next point…
– Tight Ends and Half Backs…Where does that leave Cale Gundy?
Cale Gundy has previously been in-charge of the inside wide receivers, which does include the tight ends. With Beamer looking to inherit the role, where does that leave Gundy? Yesterday, Fox’s Bruce Feldman did report that Cale Gundy is being looked at by Kevin Sumlin for Arizona’s offensive coordinator position. The timing of Beamer’s hiring could leave some to speculate that Cale is on his way out, but I don’t believe that is the case. More likely, Gundy will move to more of a OC role for Oklahoma, more specifically, managing the passing game.
– Lincoln Riley hiring out of his comfort zone
The biggest criticism against Riley has been his habit to hire his former acquaintances, specifically from his Texas Tech days. This time around, that is not the case. It looks more like Riley looked for someone who has both experience within major programs and also has strong recruiting ties to the southeast. Does this signal a change in what to expect with future hires? Too early to tell. However, speaking to this hire. Consider me a fan. Beamer is still considered on the young side of coaches, he brings a lot of energy and quality experience to what Lincoln is building. What he brings to the table as far as recruiting SEC country cannot be understated.