Shane Beamer’s mission, beyond delivering more wins for the South Carolina football program, is to instill a sense of positivity and joy among the players, staff, and fans.

After the Gamecocks finished 2-8 in 2020, Beamer returned to Columbia as head coach just over a decade after serving as an assistant on the staff of Steve Spurrier. His message seems to have hit the spot, as South Carolina enjoyed a 5-win improvement in 2021 and went to a bowl game for the 1st time since 2018.

And Beamer wants his players to, in his words, “understand what (they) do” and “who (they) do it for”. He led the team on a walk from the Long Family Football Center to the top of the Williams-Brice Stadium stands, telling his team to think about the fans that make the trip to watch the team play on a weekly basis during the fall.

“I don’t want us to lose sight of the sacrifices that people make to come watch you guys play down there,” Beamer said. “I want to make sure we don’t lose sight of what we’re doing and who we’re doing it for.”

For the Gamecocks, they’ll hope that the positive momentum of 2021 can carry over to an even better 2022 campaign.

You can watch the video of Beamer’s speech below: