Steve Spurrier never misses a chance to deliver a zinger to a rival, especially with a celebratory atmosphere like it was on Tuesday night during the South Carolina men’s basketball game against Kentucky.

Spurrier was in town to deliver the Steve Spurrier First Year Coach of the Year Award to Shane Beamer following the Gamecocks’ successful season in 2021. Beamer shared the award with Tennessee’s Josh Heupel.

“Our Gamecocks gave those Tar Heels a solid trouncing up there in Charlotte!,” Spurrier said, per David Cloninger.

Spurrier, of course, referred to the Duke’s Mayo Bowl win for the Gamecocks.

Beamer, led the Gamecocks to a winning record at 7-6, knocking off North Carolina 38-21 in the bowl game to cap a season that also included wins over Auburn and Florida.

Beamer’s team at South Carolina featured 4 different starting quarterbacks who won games, and it was supported by an opportunistic defense. The Gamecocks, anchored by All-America safety Jaylan Foster, allowed 24 points per game, down from 36 in 2020, while the special teams units led by Parker White, the school’s all-time leading scorer, excelled all season long.

A trophy presentation and reception event at Spurrier’s Gridiron Grill in Gainesville, Fla., is scheduled to take place on Feb. 21 with speakers including Steve Spurrier, Chris Doering and Mike Griffith from the Football Writers Association of America.