Beamer joining father at Virginia Tech

Shane Beamer, who played a key role in elevating South Carolina's recruiting over the past three years, is leaving the Gamecocks' staff to join his father, Frank Beamer, at Virginia Tech.

The younger Beamer had served as the Gamecocks' recruiting coordinator since the conclusion of the 2008 season. He'd also coached safeties, Spur linebackers, cornerbacks, outside linebackers and special teams at different points during his four seasons in Columbia. At Virginia Tech, he will coach running backs.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to return to Virginia Tech," said Beamer, who was the Hokies' long snapper when he played for his father. "I've been gone 11 years and during that time I've been around a number of great coaches and great programs and had the opportunity to learn a lot. Now, I look forward to returning to Blacksburg and helping Virginia Tech continue to win championships."

Spurrier said his emphasis in replacing Beamer will be finding the best special teams coach he can find.

“I think it’s a wonderful move for Shane to get to coach with his dad,” Spurrier said. “(Frank Beamer) will coach about three or four more years, he told me. The opportunity to coach with him has never come up and it came up. We wish Shane well. He did a super job recruiting, not only his guys this year, but coordinating all the recruiting. He’s been an excellent coach here.”