Over the weekend the Georgia State job came open after head coach Trent Miles was fired. Given the school’s location it figures a number to attract a number of coaches.
And according to 247Sports‘ Travis Haney, three top candidates have SEC ties. Haney named South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, South Carolina co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon and Georgia tight ends coach Shane Beamer as potential candidates.
Elliott and McClendon both of some head coaching experience. Elliot was the interim coach for South Carolina after Steve Spurrier retired last year. McClendon coached Georgia in its bowl game last year after Mark Richt was fired from Georgia. Elliot went 1-5, and Georgia did win its bowl game last year.
Beamer is in his year with Georgia after spending time at Virginia Tech. Beamer is the son of former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer.
Elliot has a history with Georgia State’s athletic director, as they were both at Appalachian State in the middle 2000’s. These three candidates come a day after ESPN‘s Adam Rittenberg named Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee as a potential candidate for the job. Lashlee has taken over play calling duties from head coach Gus Malzahn this season.
South Carolina takes on Western Carolina this week, while Georgia takes on Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.