Dec 5, 2020; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks running back Kevin Harris (20) runs down the field to score a touchdown during the third quarter at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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South Carolina hires Shane Beamer as new coach

South Carolina hired Shane Beamer as its new head coach, the school announced Sunday.

An introductory press conference will be held Monday.

This will be the first head-coaching gig for the 43-year-old Beamer, who is the son of former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer. The native of Charleston, S.C., has 21 seasons of experience as an assistant and spent the last three seasons running Oklahoma’s offense.

“I have been preparing for this moment my entire life,” Beamer said in a news release. “I am ready and excited to be the head football coach at the University of South Carolina. I am thankful to all the head coaches that I have worked for, the assistant coaches and student-athletes I have worked with. My family and I are thrilled to be coming back to Columbia and the state of South Carolina.”

Athletic director Roy Tanner was sold after examining Beamer’s background and abilities. Another plus was that Beamer spent four seasons (2007-10) with the Gamecocks under Steve Spurrier and drew rave reviews from his time on campus.

“I believe that Shane Beamer is the perfect fit to be the head football coach at the University of South Carolina,” Tanner said. “He has worked under some of the greatest coaches in college football and has taken those lessons to become one of the bright, young minds in the game. I believe Shane’s energy, enthusiasm, commitment and fondness for our school and program will be met favorably by our student-athletes, staff and fans.”

Beamer replaces Will Muschamp, who went 28-30 before being fired on Nov. 15 with three games remaining in his fifth season. South Carolina finished a 2-8 season with three straight losses under interim coach Mike Bobo.

Head coaches Jamey Chadwell of Coastal Carolina, Billy Napier of Louisiana and Scott Satterfield of Louisiana were among the candidates considered.

“Shane’s candidacy set the bar high as we were talking to other coaches,” Tanner said.

After his stint at South Carolina, Shane Beamer worked under his College Hall of Fame father for five seasons at Virginia Tech before moving to Georgia (2016-17) for two seasons prior to joining Oklahoma’s staff.

Frank Beamer went 238-121-2 in 29 seasons at Virginia Tech from 1987-2015. He recorded 13 10-win seasons, including eight straight from 2004-11.

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