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Q&A with the new head coach at South Carolina
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 Posted: Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 06:32 pm

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In his three-year stint at Oklahoma, Shane Beamer coached tight ends and H-backs and also helped oversee special teams. A couple of days after Beamer was hired at South Carolina, OU’s Jeremiah Hall became emotional with reporters when describing his relationship with Beamer, saying he was more than his coach, “my friend.”
The relationship between Beamer and Hall became great meme fodder when, after Hall scored a touchdown in the 2019 season opener, Beamer grabbed him and headbutted him on the sideline, leaving a gash on Beamer’s forehead. But their relationship is emblematic of how he tries to treat all of his players.

“(Hall’s comment) got me emotional when I read it, and it’s making me emotional now, actually” said Beamer, who then paused for several seconds while he collected himself. “I’m sorry. He’s a special kid. I’ve never actually had a player refer to me that way, but for Jeremiah to say that … he’s the best.

“Even when I left Georgia to come to Oklahoma, I went in there and pulled the tight ends into a room and I couldn’t even get the words out of my mouth because I was crying so much.”

Beamer pulled double duty with the Sooners and Gamecocks through the Dec. 19 Big 12 Championship Game before fully devoting himself to South Carolina. The 43-year-old is in Columbia, S.C., while his wife and three children remain in Norman tying up loose ends before moving.

OU special teams analyst Ryan Dougherty filled in for Beamer during the Sooners’ Cotton Bowl win against Florida, and OU coach Lincoln Riley announced earlier this week that he had hired former Sooners tight end Joe Jon Finley to replace Beamer. Finley had previously coached at Missouri, Texas A&M and most recently at Ole Miss as passing game coordinator and tight ends coach.

Beamer did a Q&A about his time at OU, what he learned from Riley, the job defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has done transforming the OU defense and much more.

First, what were those couple of weeks like when you were both preparing for the Big 12 title game and beginning to build your South Carolina program?

It was hard and emotional. There’s so much going on, there’s so much coming at you as a new head coach. Then there’s the emotional part. You’re leaving a place that you love. And particularly this year, because we at Oklahoma had been through so much, with the social injustice, with COVID. We’d grown closer as a team. So I was excited about the opportunity at South Carolina, but sad thinking about the kids at Oklahoma. Didn’t get much sleep. But I’m glad I did it.

I was able to get a lot of work done, actually, because we were practicing in the morning at Oklahoma, and we’d finish practice and finish meetings, then I could go in my office and shut the door and nobody would bother me. I could just make recruiting calls and work. It was probably more efficient than I anticipated it being.

What was the reaction like from the guys in your H-back room?

It’s a great group of guys. They’ve been in my house. That group is so unselfish. They literally genuinely support each other and cheer for each other, no matter how much it might affect their own playing time. I’ll be eternally grateful for those guys.

It’s funny because my kids (daughters Olivia and Sutton, and son Hunter) know that there is a transfer portal but don’t really understand how it works. They want me to bring every single one of those guys with me. My son asked me, “So Jeremiah, Austin (Stogner), Brayden (Willis) and Mikey (Henderson), they’re all coming, right?” I had to explain to him that it’s not quite that simple.

During that transition period, I’d go into our meeting room and ask those guys for advice. Like, “OK, put yourself in the shoes of these guys at South Carolina. This just happened. What would you be thinking as a player?” We’d get our work done, but if it was a 45-minute position meeting, there’s a pretty good chance that for 15 or 20 of that, we were just talking about life.

When you were hired at OU, you talked a lot about how much you wanted to learn offense from Riley. Did that go how you expected?

Oh yeah. I told myself that I wanted to maximize every possible opportunity to dive into this offense. I’m a meticulous notetaker, so in every offensive meeting, I wrote everything down. Anything Lincoln said, anything (offensive line coach) Bill Bedenbaugh said, I made sure to write it down. I wanted to understand the whys. If there were ever times that I could work my position meeting around when the quarterback meeting was, I would. So I spent a lot of time in Lincoln’s quarterback meetings.

You’ve been around a lot of great head coaches, your father (legendary Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer) obviously being one of them. But are there things you learned from Lincoln about being a head coach?

Probably just that as the leader, everyone is looking to you. I think he does a great job of never panicking. He’s always in control, no matter what’s going on. Whether it’s August and it looks like the season is about to get canceled, or whether it’s COVID, or whether we just lost to Kansas State and Iowa State, he never flinches. It was great for me to be able to see that, just the consistency and the steadiness that he showed.

I loved working for him. I’ve been around head coaches who aren’t personable, aren’t friendly, feel like they’ve gotta act a certain way because they’re a head coach and you’re forced to respect them because of the title. Lincoln showed that you could still be one of the guys. Obviously, he’s the head coach. But he could still be one of the guys. He could be a true servant leader. You work so hard for him and you respect him because you didn’t want to let him down. You can coach big-time college football and still have fun with your staff. That was great for me to see. It was great seeing how he balanced coaching the quarterbacks, running the offense and being the head coach. That is still pretty amazing to me how he’s able to do that because of all the things that come across my desk as the head coach already, and we haven’t even gotten into the football season.

But more than anything, he’s just a good person. My family’s very first night that we visited Norman, Lincoln and Caitlin invited us to their house to grill out and eat dinner. And then the night that we beat Iowa State for the Big 12 championship, we got back to Norman, he called me and said, “Why don’t you guys come over, and we’ll watch the SEC Championship Game together and celebrate.” It was just our family and his family at his house watching the game. My point being, he treated us that way on the way into town, and that’s the way he was still treating us on the way out of town. In three years there, he never wavered. That never changed.

You were at Oklahoma when Riley made a change at defensive coordinator and were there to see the way Grinch has turned things around. From your perspective, how has he done that?

Probably just the confidence that he carried and was able to instill in that defense very early. I think sometimes when you’re at Oklahoma, you hear so much about the offense that if you’re a defensive guy, it’s almost hard to live up to. Then you might be struggling defensively as a team and then in practice each day, you’ve gotta go against the best offense in the country. That can be tough from a confidence standpoint. I think Alex did a great job of just instilling the mentality that, “Hey, we get to practice against the best offense in the country every single day. We’re out here to dominate those guys.” He made those guys understand that it’s not OK to get beat by the offense in practice. They were out there to dominate.

This might be a little off the wall but I’m curious: You’ve now been so many different places, what do you do with all your clothes and memorabilia from Mississippi State, Georgia, Oklahoma, etc.?

(Laughs) That’s a good question. So when we moved to Athens, Ga., and moved into this house, my wife was like, “OK, this is gonna be your room, however you wanna set it up.” Then two years later, it was all still in boxes in that room. Then the house we lived in in Norman wasn’t big enough, so there wasn’t really “my room.” So I’ve got it all in my attic in Norman. I’ve got a tub, like this is the Mississippi State container. This is the Oklahoma container. I’m a pack rat. I save everything. So I’ve got it all in tubs, but hopefully I’ll have my own little memorabilia room whenever we find a house in Columbia.

Given that you’ve been there the last three years and have seen what the program is building toward, how special do you think OU’s 2021 season can be?

Well, you look at what’s coming back, there’s a lot of excitement. Of course, every year at this time, everybody thinks they’re gonna be good, and it’s all about how you improve between now and then, how your leadership develops. There are so many things that have to happen between now and the season outside of just looking at the talent coming back. There are a lot of intangibles, chemistry, things like that that have to come together. But it’s a good group of guys coming back that have a ton of confidence, coming off a huge bowl win.

Thanks for the time, Shane, and hey, be careful out there if you headbutt any players.

(Laughs) Yeah, I’m gonna try to avoid that going forward.

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Good dude and I wish him well. Hopefully he can make some noise in the SEC down the road.

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ClintA.Adams wrote:
Good dude and I wish him well. Hopefully he can make some noise in the SEC down the road.

Same here. I really like the kind of people Riley has brought to OU. Beamer was a great hire. He had a great resume that growing up as Frank Beamer's not many coaches could match. Dad Beamer was a first-class head coach and person. Shane had to bring to his coaching places that Frank Beamer personality and coaching philosophy.

I have confidence that Riley would find the right guy to replace Beamer ... I am looking forward to what Finley can add to the OU TE room.

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You can't help but really like Beamer. I hope he makes some noise and beats UGAa time or two or 10. I was trying to think of who he could be referring to when he talked about head coaches not being friendly and Kirby Smart's name came to me.

Regardless, hearing him speak I can imagine why Southern moms would love for their kids to play for him. Wishing him all the success.


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