Colombia, SC – With just minutes left in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, Shane Beamer is in for a shock.
“Oh my God, I’m going to put mayonnaise on myself,” The South Carolina The coach is thinking.
Weeks before the game, bowl managers signed a deal with Beamer and North Carolina’s MacBrown, who receive the Mayo Bath as a winning coach ceremony.
The Beamers game seemed a good idea, with the Cox winning 38-21.
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Last summer, several popular sportsbooks set an over / underwinning total of 3.5 on Beamer’s opening season. Game Cox won seven games.
After Beamer’s debut shattered expectations, where does this program go?
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“We’ll build something special,” said senior offensive lineman Joan Gwin.
Beamer had been planning this for a few years.
Shane Beamer brought ‘great vibes’ to South Carolina
Beamer greeted me like an old friend when he welcomed me inside his office on a recent June day. Truth be told, this is the first time they have spoken to each other rather than at a press conference. Never mind I think Beamer knows no strangers. If the coaching career dries up tomorrow, he could probably compete for the office or lead the tent renovation. Beamer, 45, radiated charisma. People like that person.
Beamer’s smiles are in stark contrast to the previous Will Muschamp’s Death Tear.
Beamer reached South Carolina’s 2-8 season in 2020 and added joy, passion and positivity to the program, said senior wide receiver Dakarian Joyner.
“It’s definitely what our team and culture need – new and great vibes,” Joiner said.
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Beamer people’s choice to replace Muschamp. Those around the program welcomed the appointment while Beamer was assistant coach under Steve Spurier.
“Did it affect the decision? No, but it’s definitely good to hear that, “said Ray Tanner Beamer, director of Gamecox Athletics.
Beamer Norman unfolded 10 pages of notes at his desk in Oklahoma, in preparation for his phone interview with Tanner and senior deputy AD Chance Miller at the start of a South Carolina coaching search.
Beamer never contacted his notes during the conversation. He does not need them. He wanted this opportunity because he was under Spurrier.
“It’s very easy, because I’m passionate about what I’re saying,” Beamer said.
Beamer is an assistant coach on the list of college football coaches: Spurier; Frank Beamer, his father; Kirby Smart; And Lincoln Relay.
The caveat is that Beamer was never the head coach or the offensive or defensive coordinator. Tanner, a former South Carolina baseball coach who became the school’s AD in 2012, never considered it a deal breaker.
“His plan is thorough,” Tanner said.
Beamer became Tanner’s first personal interview during the search. They met with Miller during a revival near Atlanta Airport.
For six hours, Beamer answered their questions and devised his plan for the bathroom without even a break.
Beamer liked his chances for the offer and left the interview.
Less than 48 hours later, Beamer received a phone call from an Oklahoma team doctor. Kovid-19 turned out to be positive for Beamer. He called Tanner to alert him and Miller.
Miller contracted the disease. Tanner underwent routine tests but prevented infection. He interviewed more candidates. He keeps thinking about Beamer, the son of a legendary coach who vowed to engrave his name.
Frank Beamer’s son did not want any handouts
Shane Beamer knew that his father would willingly hire him as a Virginia Tech graduate assistant after his playing career was over.
That’s why Shane Beamer is not interested in such a job.
“I wanted to light my own path,” Beamer said.
Beamer is proud of his father’s career and says he has never been tired of answering questions about being Frank Beamer’s son. While interacting with veteran high school coaches on the recruiting trail, he enjoys listening to stories of interactions they have with his father. And he’s the son of Frank Beamer, and he gets a kick out of seeing a potential parent forming a relationship.
Although Beamer does not hide his pedigree, what ignites him is the desire to prove that he has earned his place in the profession with his own merit.
Beamer played walk-on at Virginia Tech and his three-year special team starter during his father’s tenure. Hockey became the national runner-up in the Beamers senior season.
As his playing career waned, Beamer mailed inquiries about graduate assistant positions at schools across the country. He keeps a stack of letters of denial he has received – from Bobby Bowden to MacBrown to Carl Torbush – on the shelf in his house. They serve to remind him how difficult it is to get into this profession.
However, Beamer resisted starting his coaching career at Virginia Tech.
“I did not want anyone to tell me that the only reason I got the job was because my dad hired me,” he said.
He became a graduate assistant to Georgia Tech, then elevated to an assistant in Tennessee, Mississippi State, then South Carolina.
Only then, after four seasons on Spurier’s staff, did Beamer allow his father to take a place on the staff. He left South Carolina for Virginia Tech with plans to improve his resume and return to coach Cox.
“I always keep an eye on this place because, really, we always want to come back,” Beamer said, adding that he failed for the job after Spurier retired.
A photo of him next door with his father coaching together at the 2011 ACC Championship game is on a pillar inside Beamer’s office. The photo is a tribute to the Beamer clan.
Above that photo is a white towel framed as if it had been distributed to Gamecox fans for a team performance at the 2010 SEC Championship. Beamer coached Spurier staff in that game during his final season. Although South Carolina has won 11 games each over the next three seasons, 2010 marks its only division title in 30 years of SEC competition.
That towel illustrates Beamer’s self-forged path – and the South Carolina peak once achieved.
After another crucial winter addition, the chances of another Game Cox revolt improved.
Spencer Rattler effect
Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler dialed Tanner Beamer shortly after learning he had touched the transfer portal.
Where, Tanner wanted to know, were the Gamecocks standing in the way of landing Rattler?
Beamer had a good relationship with Rattler while on the OU staff.
Stay tuned, Beamer told his boss.
Two weeks after he entered the Rattler portal, he was bound for South Carolina.
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Under normal circumstances, the inclusion of a pre-season Heisman Trophy frontrunner and former five-star recruit quarterback is a major development here. But after GameCocks cycled through four early quarterbacks last season, Beamer said Rattler’s arrival was “huge.”
Big due to his confidence and experience as a 17-game starter (Oklahoma won 15 of his starts). The reason for what he did for the understanding of the program is very big. The talent he offers is huge due to the upgrade. Huge due to his presence in the huddle.
Questions as to whether Rattler was a good companion followed his transfer.
In high school, Rattler starred in the Netflix reality show “QB 1: Beyond the Lights”. His character That show was not well filmed, Rottler said In March. Old scenes from the show resurfaced last October when Oklahoma benched Rattler in favor of Caleb Williams.
There is no drama here, say Rattler’s South Carolina colleagues.
All they know about Game Cox is the Rattler they experienced. They approve.
“Great guy,” Joyner said.
“He’s a good person,” Gwin said.
Beamer has never seen a Netflix show. He does not need to. He believes he knows quarterback.
South Carolina captured impressive transfers, but the arrival of Rattler, more than any other, raised the Gamecox roof.
GameCocks has talent in skill positions, but a significant offensive upgrade – South Carolina’s offensive product only surpassed Vanderbilt in the SEC last season – needs improvement from the experienced offense line.
“We are going as far as the danger line takes us,” Joiner said, expressing confidence in the group.
I agree with the bet.
“We’re the oldest group back,” Gwin said. “We have to take responsibility.”
The future in South Carolina
Tanner admits he was briefly surprised: would his coach be interested in returning to his alma mater?
The Virginia Tech job was launched last November. The coaching carousel of college football – also known as the “silly season” – spins at warp speeds. On the surface, nothing seemed silly about the idea that Beamer might be tempted.
Beamer moved to Blacksburg, Virginia when he was 10 years old. He spent more than a third of his life there – as a teenager, then as a hockey player and later as an assistant.
But Beamer insisted he was not interested in the opening.
“I just finished Virginia Tech work,” he said.
Not only that, it has a big beamer Really Worked at Virginia Tech. Frank Beamer Built Virginia Tech thing.
Shane Beamer wanted his own coaching story. With a chip left on his shoulder, the desire to be his own man, the thirst to elevate Game Cox to the heights achieved only in Spurier.
Fires erupted in the Beamer era in South Carolina. This is what he planned.
Blake Top Mayor SEC columnist for the USA Today network. Email him BToppmeyer@gannett.com And follow him on Twitter tbtoppmeyer. If you enjoyed Blake coverage, consider it A digital subscription It gives you access to everything.