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Beamer Named New Head Coach at South Carolina

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

COLUMBIA,SC --- Oklahoma offensive assistant head coach Shane Beamer has been announced as the next head football coach for the Gamecocks, per a University release.

Beamer has previously served as special teams coordinator at South Carolina from 2007-2010 under Coach Steve Spurrier. In his final two years in Columbia, Beamer also served as recruiting coordinator for the Gamecocks.

Each of his recruiting classes were ranked in the top 25 classes nationally and included former Gamecock stars Marcus Lattimore, Connor Shaw, Stephon Gilmore and Alshon Jeffery. These classes were pillars to three consecutive 11-win seasons and three consecutive top-10 finishes in the final polls.

Will Muschamp was fired as South Carolina head coach on Nov. 15

After Muschamp was fired, many former Gamecock football players, including Lattimore and DJ Swearinger, shared their support for Beamer to be brought back to Columbia.

Former Gamecock defensive star and current New Orleans Saints safety DJ Swearinger echoed his support for Beamer to be hired in Columbia.

Beamer, 43, is the son of former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. After playing wide receiver at Virginia Tech from 1995-99, Beamer became a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech and Tennessee. He was then hired in 2004 as Mississippi State’s cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator.

After serving at UofSC, Beamer became assistant head coach and running backs coach for his father at Virginia Tech from 2011-2015. He then spent two years as tight ends and special teams coach at Georgia before joining the staff at Oklahoma in 2018.

The Gamecocks finished the 2020 season with a (2-8) overall record.

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