Shane Beamer discusses how he balances celebrating wins with building a program
South Carolina has started its season 2-0 under new head coach Shane Beamer, winning most recently at East Carolina this past Saturday 20-17 on a 36-yard field goal by Parker White on the final play of the game.
This week will provide an entirely different challenge for the Gamecocks, as they head to Athens to take on 2nd-ranked Georgia on Saturday night.
As soon as White’s field goal spilt the uprights, Beamer was already well aware of the challenge that awaits his team next, but in no way was he going to not allow his players to celebrate the ECU win and he was certainly going to celebrate it himself.
“Winning is hard,” said Beamer in an appearance on the SiriusXM’s “SEC Today” radio show. “So when we do do it, we’re going to celebrate the heck out of it and have fun. That’ll never change as long as I’m coaching.”
Two games into the Shane Beamer era for @GamecockFB, South Carolina is 2-0
— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) September 15, 2021
Beamer was quick to point out, however, that there’s an inherent understanding that comes with those celebrations, and that’s knowing that the big picture requires a continual pursuit of improvement.
“At the same time,” Beamer continued, “we talked about it with our players this morning, we’re going to have to constantly get better. We’ve got to get better from last week against East Carolina to this week at Georgia. We surely better be a better football team in November than we are right now.”
South Carolina’s game at Georgia will kick off at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday night and be televised by ESPN.