Lincoln Riley – “Beamer Interview Won’t Be A Distraction”

Oklahoma is a team on a mission. After starting conference play in an 0-2 hole the Sooners are now right back in the thick of things for a sixth-consecutive Big 12 championship. The last thing Lincoln Riley needs now is to have distractions popping up around the program. That’s why there were concerns when Shane Beamer’s name began to be mentioned in conjunction with the vacant South Carolina job.

Tight ends, H-Backs, and special teams all fall under Beamer’s responsibilities on Riley’s staff and the prospect of losing him has certainly crossed the mind of the fourth-year head coach. That said, Riley said on Monday’s Big 12 teleconference that it won’t be a distraction.

“It won’t be a distraction because we’ve got guys in here that are professionals and care about this place, care about this team,” Riley said. “From a professionalism standpoint, I’ve got no concerns about that. I think Shane’s going to be a really good head coach. I do. He’s had great experience being able to work for several different guys and several different programs, different parts of the country and obviously, he’s got very inside knowledge from one of the best to ever do it in his dad, Frank Beamer. Shane’s got a good way about him, does a great job with the kids and has been fantastic. I’ll be excited for him. He’s one of those guys that, I think, certainly will get his opportunity at some point. Obviously, we love having him here and will certainly be excited for him and any of our other coaches when they get that chance to be a head coach, because those just don’t come around very often.”

The Athletic‘s Josh Kendall is reporting that Beamer is one of three candidates to be interviewed by South Carolina with a possible meeting as early as this coming Friday.

Beamer was an assistant at South Carolina from 2007-10, where he coached cornerbacks, linebackers and special teams. In 2009 he was nominated for the Frank Broyles Award, which goes to the assistant coach of the year. 

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