Shane Beamer Era Officially Begins in Columbia This Weekend

Joseph Bender, Sports Editor

After a hectic offseason filled with many twists and turns, the South Carolina football program will play its first Garnet and Black Spring Game in two years, with last year’s Spring Game and Spring Practice being canceled due to COVID-19. For the first time in his career Shane Beamer will lead a program as Head Coach and he’ll do it for the Gamecocks this weekend. This will be the first time the Gamecocks have taken the field since December 5th, the last game of the 2020 season and the night that South Carolina officially hired Shane Beamer as Head Coach. The Gamecocks were supposed to play in the 2020 Gasparilla Bowl vs the Conference USA Champions UAB but that game was canceled due to COVID-19 positive tests within the South Carolina football program.  

Drama has surrounded the South Carolina football program since Shane Beamer walked into the door with many staff changes lasting through December and January while also fighting the COVID-19 pandemic through Spring Practice and Winter Walkthroughs. Shane Beamer and his staff will finally have a chance to show Gamecocks what this season and the future could look like this Sunday in South Carolina’s Spring Game. The game was planned to take place on Saturday, April 24th but due to severe weather the game was pushed back to try to maintain a capped audience and avoid injuries in the rain.  

The Gamecocks will look to finally get a look at who they are and see what needs correcting before Fall Camp and the 2021 season which is right around the corner. South Carolina will look to combat depth issues after losing many players to the transfer portal after Will Muschamp’s firing and recovering to fill up all scholarship spots.  

This Sunday on April 25th the Gamecocks will play each other in the Garnet and Black Spring Game, the first game of a new era of Gamecock football as Head Coach Shane Beamer has returned home to Columbia. The Gamecocks will look to get some answers and finally see where their football program is heading.