Shane Beamer confident in Gamecocks in 2022: 'I didn't come to South Carolina to go 7-6'
Shane Beamer expects South Carolina to take a large jump forward in his second season as head coach.
When Beamer accepted the position in December 2020, he had the ambition to turn South Carolina into a perennial winner. He used that same vision in this year’s SEC Media Days when he was discussing the program’s outlook in 2022.
Beamer acknowledged South Carolina’s lack of national championships compared to other programs, but he believes the Gamecocks will get better each season. In his first season, South Carolina went 7-6 in 2021. For Beamer, last season’s result was not good enough (Via 247Sports):
“For us, it’s continuing to build on what we did last season, no one’s satisfied with seven wins,” Beamer said. “I didn’t come here to South Carolina to be 7-6 every year. We have higher expectations than that.”
Shane Beamer exudes confidence in the #Gamecocks.
'I didn't come to South Carolina to go 7-6. We have higher expectations than that.'
— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) July 19, 2022
Last year was a feeling out process for Beamer and the entire program. They managed to finish the season with a winning record, but the endured some bumps in the road. Looking at the team they have for 2022, South Carolina wants to compete for an SEC East Championship.
“For us, being in Year 2 overall is players and coaches having a better understanding of each other and knowing each other, but then also I think of what to expect,” Beamer said. “Everything we did last year was the first time, first preseason camp, first home game, first win, first loss … Don’t get me wrong, every year is different with a new set of players, but overall as a program for me, there’s just a better overall understanding of what’s coming and what to expect.”
With another season under his belt, Beamer believes that the program will be able to use the experience from last season to help win more games. Based on Beamer’s viral Twitter video and confidence at the podium during the SEC Media Days, he is prepared for a winning season.