It seemed a little odd that Georgia opted to fine tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Shane Beamer $25,000 for his role in the ‘WakeyLeaks’ scandal, given that it happened two years ago at a different school.
However, the letter of reprimand written by athletic director Greg McGarity, shed some light on the situation. Among other things, McGarity said that Beamer was “inaccurate” in his representation of facts in the case.
“While you claim that you did not utilize or further disclose the information, you knew or should have known that Mr. [Tommy] Elrod was not authorized to disclose the information to you, that it could provide a competitive advantage to Virginia Tech, and that your communications with Mr. Elrod were inappropriate and unethical,” McGarity wrote in the letter. “When questioned about these events by University of Georgia officials, you made representations about material facts that are inaccurate, although it is not clear that your misstatements were deliberate.”
Beamer’s contract requires him to conduct himself “at all times in a sportsmanlike manner,” and “in a manner to uphold the highest standards of conduct and decorum expected for the administration, faculty and staff of the University and its Athletic Programs, including on campus and in the community.” In that, McGarity expected Beamer be totally truthful “in any dealing with the University of Georgia and Athletic Association officials,” and any additional behavior of this type could result in “significant disciplinary action, up to and including termination.”
Beamer received game plan information from Elrod, the former Wake Forest broadcaster, who was a personal friend. He claimed in a statement that he “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.”