According to a report from ESPN’s Chris Low, the Oklahoma Sooners will hire Georgia special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Shane Beamer as assistant head coach for offense, a role which would involve helping Lincoln Riley with the weekly offensive game plan.
Beamer is the son of legendary Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer and had been in his role at Georgia for the past two seasons. Prior to arriving in Athens, he served as associate head coach/running backs coach under his father in Blacksburg. At age 40, Beamer is an energetic guy who resonates with both players and recruits. Additionally, Beamer is a special teams guru (he was taught by the best) who would likely help immensely on that front.
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 would fill Oklahoma’s 10th assistant opening, but it looks as if Oklahoma may have another opening in the near future.
SOURCE: #OU Co-OC/recruiting coordinator Cale Gundy is a possibility to join Kevin Sumlin's staff at #Arizona.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 22, 2018
This would be a big loss for Oklahoma if it went down, but this would likely entail an opportunity for Cale Gundy to call plays. If that indeed ends up being the case, folks should definitely be happy for the guy. That man has paid his dues and deserves that type of opportunity.
Where will Oklahoma go from there? Well, I would think that Beamer would possibly take Gundy’s spot coaching the inside receivers, but perhaps things will be restructured. Oklahoma would also need to find a recruiting coordinator, which is a position for which Gundy was well-suited. As far as finding a new assistant is concerned, one would imagine Riley would go with a defensive guy. There are still a lot of potential moving pieces at this point, and those pieces may not come completely to rest for quite some time.