Steve Spurrier is worried enough about South Carolina’s special teams that he’s giving assistant coach Shane Beamer plenty of time to fix it.
On Friday, Spurrier announced he was shuffling his assistant coaching staff; the most notable change being Beamer will be only the team’s special teams coordinator next season. This past season, Beamer also coached strong safeties and spurs.
“We will try to free up Shane,” Spurrier said. “We had him doing too much. He volunteered for too much, and I wasn’t smart enough to see he had too much on his plate. I think what we are doing (on special teams) is sound, just for whatever reason we are not getting much done.”
Beamer also is the Gamecocks recruiting coordinator, a role he will retain.
Jeep Hunter, who coached tight ends in 2010, will move to defense to coach the safeties. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward will work with the cornerbacks, and the spurs (South Carolina’s linebacker-safety hybrid) will join the linebackers under assistant head coach for defense Ellis Johnson. That’s the plan for now, Spurrier said.
“That could interchange around depending on how Ellis and the defensive guys feel is best,” he said.
Running backs coach Jay Graham will add tight ends to his responsibility.
“This evens out the workload on the coaching staff a lot better,” Spurrier said.
If the Gamecocks retain all their assistants until next season, it will be the first year they have done that since 2001.
“Oh, I don’t know how important (staff continuity) is,” Spurrier said. “Change is inevitable in college coaching. We all know that. I hope we stay together, but you never know what could happen in the next month or two. There is still a lot of changing that goes on.”