COLUMBIA – It was always about work.
“You have to have that personality, but you have to work. He did it, ”said legendary Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer. “I am very proud of him and of how he behaved, how he treats people, how he controls situations. I think he is more than ready for this job as a head coach. “
South Carolina did what it hoped most for bringing Beamer’s son Shane Beamer back to Columbia to replace Will Muschamp who was fired. Shane was born in Charleston while his father was a technical assistant at The Citadel. He was a USC assistant under Steve Spurrier from 2007-10.
The movement made sense.
The youngest Beamer’s main detractor was this will be his first job as head coach. He never served as an offensive or defensive coordinator.
Still, he learned from his father, both growing up and working at Virginia Tech for five years. He learned from Spurrier and many others at various stages of his career.
“He talked about it so many times that this is his dream job,” said Frank. “He knows the Southeast Conference and knows that it is a difficult division and he knows that there are many difficult teams in the Southeast Conference.”
Frank Beamer, 74, saw this early. Shane had a plastic Fisher-Price walkie-talkie and stood on the family deck, watching the other kids in the neighborhood playing football and playing radio games for them. When he was old enough, Frank made Shane his helper, who was in charge of winding and charging Frank’s earphone cord during games.
Shane took this seriously enough to practice with the cord during the week so as not to make a mistake on Saturday. Then he played and coached his father, while the oldest Beamer won 238 games in 29 years.
Calling USC his dream come true, Beamer officially accepted the Gamecocks job offer on December 5, the same night that USC was ending a terrible 2-8 season with a smelly 41-18 in Kentucky. He mentioned during his press conference two days later that his father would be around when he took office, although that may not be in an official role.
Who better than your father, who started you on this journey, to advise you while he continues in his heaviest role?
“I’ll tell you something: when three of my grandchildren live in Charlotte and now three live in Columbia, the person who guarantees that I’m around is my wife and his mother,” said Frank. “She loves being around those grandchildren. We will be close, but he will do a good job of doing what is right for this program. “
Shane ended his engagement in Oklahoma by staying with the Sooners during their Big 12 championship win, and recorded a quick video for Gamecock fans on the pitch afterwards.
“I can’t wait to get to Columbia tomorrow, start this with you,” said Shane, 43. “I hope to be in Atlanta and Atlanta with you soon, celebrating how we’re doing here in the field right now.”
Atlanta is the location of the SEC Championship Game. Shane was in his senior year on the team the only time the USC played him in 2010.
Due to Gamecocks not participating in the Gasparilla Bowl due to COVID, BeamerBall officially started in Columbia.
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