South Carolina football coach fulfills Gamecocks vow

South Carolina football coach fulfills Gamecocks vow


South Carolina football coach fulfills Gamecocks vow

COLUMBIA, SC – A few minutes remained in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl when a harrowing reality struck Shane Beamer.

“Oh my god, I’m about to get mayonnaise dumped on me,” the South Carolina coach remembers thinking.

Weeks before the game, bowl organizers struck an agreement with Beamer and North Carolina’s Mack Brown that the winning coach would receive a celebratory mayo bath.

What had sounded like a decent idea felt ominous as Beamer’s Gamecocks closed in on a 38-21 victory.

Beamer’s silver lining: A mayo dousing beats losing.

South Carolina Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer gets interviewed after getting Duke's Mayo poured on him after beating the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Duke's Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Thursday, December 30, 2021.

Last summer, multiple prominent sportsbooks set the over/under win total for Beamer’s inaugural season at 3.5. The Gamecocks won seven games.

After Beamer’s debut smashed expectations, where is this program headed?

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“We’re building something special,” senior offensive lineman Jovaughn Gwyn said.

Beamer has had this planned for years.

Shane Beamer brought ‘great vibes’ to South Carolina

Beamer greets me as if I’m an old friend while welcoming me inside his office on a recent June day. In truth, this will be our first time speaking one-on-one and not in a press conference. Never mind that. I get the feeling Beamer knows no strangers. If the coaching profession dried up tomorrow, he probably could run for office or lead tent revivals. Beamer, 45, oozes charisma. People like the guy.

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