OU football: Sooners assistant Shane Beamer agrees to become South Carolina head coach, per reports

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Oklahoma assistant coach Shane Beamer during the Red River Showdown college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Texas Longhorns (UT) at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Oklahoma won 53-45 in four overtimes. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

For much of the week, the focus on the Baylor game as it related to the Sooners was which coaches would be unavailable for the game.

Bob Stoops even filled in for assistants who were being held out either for positive COVID-19 tests or contact tracing reasons.

It appeared assistant head coach and tight ends/h-backs coach Shane Beamer was the only assistant who was not at the game.

Beamer might’ve coached his last game with the Sooners.

In the final minutes of regulation in the Sooners' 27-14 win against Baylor late Saturday, The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported that Beamer was expected to be named the next head coach at South Carolina.

Beamer, the son of legendary Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, was a Gamecocks assistant under Steve Spurrier, helping build a big part of the rosters that made up South Carolina’s most successful seasons.

ESPN reported that Beamer was expected to be introduced as Gamecocks coach on Monday.

OU coach Lincoln Riley said after the game that he had yet to talk to Beamer since he wasn't available to coach.

"If it is true, certainly thrilled for him," Riley said. "Those are the opportunities that you don't always get."

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