South Carolina Football: Shane Beamer says no sunglasses ahead of Kentucky matchup

South Carolina football Head Coach Shane Beamer. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
South Carolina football Head Coach Shane Beamer. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports /

South Carolina football head coach Shane Beamer and Kentucky Wildcats headman Mark Stoops aren’t the best of friends.

After last season’s war of words came to a close with a victorious and “stupid sunglasses”-clad Shane Beamer danced around in the Kentucky visiting locker room much to the delight of his Gamecock team.

***For those who have no idea what this is, the cliff notes version is below:

Last year, the South Carolina football media team put out a video of Beamer wearing sunglasses, dancing around, and lip-syncing the Soulja Boy song “Turn My Swag On.” Shortly after, Stoops took a swipe at Beamer, saying that a coach can’t build a culture by putting on “stupid sunglasses” and “dancing around.” Beamer responded publicly several times before donning the same shades in the postgame celebration after the Gamecocks beat Kentucky last season.***

This week, leading up to the two team’s annual matchup, both Stoops and Beamer have been asked about the tiff, but neither has had much to say. Stoops denied that there was any beef between the two coaches, and Beamer deflected to other talking points.

When asked specifically about his sunglasses during his Tuesday press availability, Beamer offered a little more.

“I think my son has those glasses…I will not be bringing them, no…That was fun last year and all that as well, but last year is last year.”

While Beamer and Stoops won’t be exchanging extended pleasantries before the game on Saturday, it seems as if the two coaches intend to move on from the entertaining war of words that made headlines last season.

Sunglasses or no sunglasses, South Carolina football needs a win on Saturday. USC needs to win their final two games (home contests against Kentucky and Clemson) to reach traditional bowl eligibility.

The Gamecocks and Wildcats will kick off at 7:30 at Williams-Brice Stadium. The game will be broadcast on the SECNetwork and the ESPN app.

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