Our series of SEC football previews continues with a look at the South Carolina Gamecocks. The 2020 season was unkind to South Carolina as they dropped their final six games of the season to finish 2-8. Will Muschamp was also dismissed as head coach in the middle of the losing streak. This season the Gamecocks will turn to a first-year head coach in Shane Beamer. Beamer previously served as an assistant coach at South Carolina from 2007 to 2010. He says he’s excited to return to South Carolina and the SEC.
Other SEC stops for Beamer as an assistant were at Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Georgia. He most recently served as an assistant at Oklahoma for the past three seasons. Beamer describes his new team as talented but inexperienced.
Beamer’s coaching lineage stems from his father Frank Beamer who racked up 280 wins during a 34-year head coaching career at Virginia Tech and Murray State. He says he’s ready to carve out his own legacy as a head coach.
One of Beamer’s first tasks as head coach was to fill in multiple vacancies on the coaching staff. This included the position of offensive coordinator which he filled with Marcus Satterfield. During the 2020 season, Satterfield served as an assistant offensive line coach for the Carolina Panthers. Tight end Nick Muse says he’s excited to learn from Satterfield.
South Carolina will open the season September 4th when they host Eastern Illinois. The Gamecocks will visit the Missouri Tigers on November 13th. Mizzou got the better of South Carolina with a 17-10 road victory.