Virginia Tech Football: Texas is Interested in Shane Beamer


Dec 27, 2014; Annapolis, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Tommy Tuberville shakes hands with Virginia Tech Hokies associate head coach Shane Beamer after the 2014 Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Virginia Tech Hokies defeated Cincinnati Bearcats 33-17. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

In preparations for the Military Bowl, Virginia Tech associate head coach Shane Beamer was unofficially the interim head coach as Frank Beamer recovered from surgery and coached from the press box for the Military Bowl. Shane Beamer was the man fulfilling the role of head coach at practices, and did a great job filling in for Frank Beamer.

Shane Beamer definitely looks like an assistant that will get a chance as a head coach in the near future though he will have to wait another year for that opportunity. However, Beamer may end up with an option to leave Blacksburg for Austin according to a report from Horns247 via VTScoop247. Here’s a quote from the report.

"“Horns247 has been told that Texas head coach Charlie Strong has interest in Shane Beamer for the Longhorns’ special teams/tight ends assistant job.”"

The article lists former Houston head coach Tony Levine and former USC special teams coordinator John Baxter as two other candidates Texas has interest in for this position. Baxter is apparently close to being hired by Michigan, but a deal with the Wolverines is not done yet according to this report.

That trio of names aren’t the only candidates for the job, but are apparently some of the top targets for Texas. Levine seems like a guy who could end up being the guy, but Shane Beamer is definitely a surprising name on the list.

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Beamer has worked for multiple big time programs including Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech. Beamer has the skill to do a great job in that role, but it just does not seem that realistic for Beamer to make a move from Blacksburg to Austin.

Shane Beamer seems to fairly loyal to staying at Virginia Tech, and it seems more likely that the next move for Beamer will be involving a head coaching gig at a smaller program. Beamer has bounced around a few times and probably will not be very interested in a move that likely will not include much of a change in pay either.

Beamer also has a lot of momentum that he’ll be able to use in interviews for head coaching jobs because of his leadership to get the Hokies prepared for their Military Bowl victory. Beamer also graduated from Virginia Tech, and it always can be difficult to poach a coach from the school that he attended for a lateral move in the profession.

The interest in Shane Beamer is not a big surprise, but Hokie fans should not expect him to leave Blacksburg for Austin.

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