Shane Beamer apologizes for reaction to Title IX recognition at South Carolina football game – USA TODAY

  • September 20, 2022

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer apologized Sunday for shouting at women athletes being honored to get off the field during the Gamecocks’ 48-7 loss against Georgia at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.
During a TV timeout between the first and second quarter, South Carolina invited all of its female athletes to be recognized in honor of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which occurred earlier this year. The large group was slow exiting the Gamecocks’ end zone where the ceremony occurred, and ESPN’s broadcast of the game showed a visibly aggravated Beamer shouting, “Get off the field,” at the athletes.
Beamer said he wasn’t told about the ceremony in the end zone and that officials told him to have his players lined up as soon as the TV timeout concluded. The Gamecocks had decided to attempt a fourth-down conversion on the upcoming play, and Beamer said he reacted emotionally because the delay allowed Georgia to see the offensive formation for several seconds before the snap.
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“We had a critical, critical fourth-down decision to make … the whole time I’m not even paying attention to what’s going on down in the end zone,” Beamer said. “We were so immersed in trying to make a decision on what we were going to do … I was worried about what was going on in our own offensive huddle. I apologize to anyone that I offended. That was just my initial reaction.”
The Gamecocks ultimately did not convert the fourth down and turned the ball over to Georgia on the following play.
The clip of Beamer’s response went viral after Gamecocks soccer player Jyllissa Harris criticized South Carolina on Twitter for allowing the group of athletes to delay the game.
“All female student athletes were ~asked~ to come to the game to recognize 50 years of Title IX,” Harris wrote. “We were on the field for maybe 15 seconds then screamed at to get off. If you want to honor female student athletes, then do that, not this.”
Harris did not criticize Beamer for his response, noting in another post that he was in the heat of the moment and the football coach has been “nothing but supportive” of women’s sports at South Carolina.
It was a sentiment Beamer emphasized in his apology, noting that he cares deeply about women’s athletics as the father of two daughters who play sports.
“I hope people know me well enough to know what an advocate I am for women’s sports,” Beamer said. “I’ve got two daughters of my own that play sports. I’m at as many women’s athletic events here at Carolina as I possibly can be, because I believe them and support them. Anyone who thinks otherwise surely doesn’t know me.”

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