Kevin Beard has made a very quick, though not direct, ascent from Georgia’s support staff to full-time assistant at an SEC rival.
Beard, who spent the 2016 season as a quality control analyst on Georgia’s offense, left last month to become the receivers coach at Florida International. His stay was short.
Tennessee has now hired Beard as its receivers coach, according to multiple reports. He replaces Zach Azzanni, who left last week for a job with the Chicago Bears.
Beard is a former receiver at Miami, where he was the receivers coach in 2015. When he was not retained by new head coach Mark Richt, Beard followed former Miami offensive coordinator James Coley to Georgia. Coley became the Bulldogs’ receivers coach, and Beard helped assist the offense.
Now Beard will be on the other sideline when Georgia visits Tennessee on Sept. 30.
The irony here is that the official reason coaches give for blocking players from transferring to other conference schools or teams on the schedule — OMG, the intel they’d be passing on! — is far more applicable in the case of a staff analyst than a kid.
But we all know that’s not really what the transfer rule is all about, right?