Georgia fines assistant coach for 'WakeyLeaks' involvement
Georgia announced Thursday that special teams coordinator Shane Beamer has been fined $25,000 by the school and reprimanded for his involvement in the scandal known as “WakeyLeaks.”
Shane is the son of long-time Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, establishing his connection to the ACC scandal involving Wake Forest color commentator Tommy Elrod leaking plays and other information to Wake Forest opponents. Beamer learned of plays Wake Forest planned to run in a 2014 contest through Elrod.
“I had known (Elrod) for several years through coaching circles so I did not think it unusual he would be calling me,” Beamer said in a statement. “During these communications, however, he told me about a few plays he said Wake Forest might run during the game on Saturday. I did not share this information with anyone, including our student-athletes, anyone on the coaching staff, or my father, nor did we use the information in the game.”
Beamer apologized for a lapse in judgement and failing to notify any Virginia Tech officials, including his father. Beamer was associate head coach and running backs coach at Virginia Tech from 2011-15 before coming to Georgia following his father’s retirement.
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“Last week, Shane informed me of his involvement regarding the 2014 Virginia Tech game against Wake Forest,” coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. “While we do not condone this type of behavior, I appreciate Shane informing me and our administration of his involvement and respect the way in which he is accepting responsibility for his lapse in judgment.”
Athletic director Greg McGarity also expressed his disappointment with Beamer’s involvement in the matter.
“It was disappointing to learn that one of our current staff members, Shane Beamer, was involved with the unfortunate situation at Wake Forest University in 2014. We have discussed this situation with Shane and he sincerely regrets this mistake in judgment. As a result of this activity, the UGA Athletic Association will withhold $25,000 from his compensation, in addition to issuing a letter of reprimand from the Athletic Director.
“Conduct of this nature is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia Athletic Association. We will use this as an example to remind our coaches and staff of our high expectations of ethical behavior and sportsmanship.”