Growing up in western Kentucky in the early 1980s, South Carolina Gamecocks Football coach Shane Beamer has a deep appreciation for how Mark Stoops has taken on the Kentucky Wildcats football program during his nine seasons at Lexington.
The son of legendary college football coach Frank Beamer and new South Carolina coach will face off against Stoops, also the coach’s son, when the Gamecocks host Kentucky at 7 p.m. ET Saturday night on ESPN2.
Stoops’ father Ron was a respected defensive coordinator for many years at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, OH, while Frank was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018 after 29 seasons at Virginie Tech.
Frank actually started his head coaching career at Murray State between 1981 and 1986, winning an OVC title in his final year before leaving to coach the Hokies.
The young Beamer is also very familiar with the family tree of successful Stoops trainers, working as an assistant alongside Bob and Mike Stoops in Oklahoma from 2018-2020.
âI have a lot of respect for Coach (Mark) Stoops and what he did in Kentucky. He’s elevated that program, âBeamer said at his weekly press conference. âI grew up in Murray, Ky. When my dad was a head coach at Murray State. From the age of 2 to 10 I lived in Kentucky so I know all about British football and track and field from growing up in this part of the country, or in this state, and it’s awesome to see how Coach Stoops came to be and took this program to the next level.
Beamer, 44, was hired on December 6, 2020 to take over a South Carolina program that has been struggling lately, losing eight games in the 2019 and 2020 seasons under the guidance of former coach Will Muschamp .
After opening with wins over eastern Illinois and East Carolina, the Gamecocks got a buzz last week, as No.2 Georgia claimed a 40-13 victory that resulted in a viral moment on social media as Beamer let some frustration spill over into the press room.
Stoops, second behind Alabama’s Nick Saban in SEC coaching tenure, knows the tough knocks of competing in the nation’s top conference all too well and has provided sage advice to any new coach- chief.
âI’m sure the basis of what he does comes from his past and who he is, I think. I’m just thinking about my own situation, âStoops said if he thinks the young Beamer’s philosophy is influenced by his father’s success. âBut you have to be yourself and be genuine. He’s obviously him, with I’m sure to take all the lessons and be with his dad his whole life. Again I can’t get into his head, I think he did a really good job and seems to be genuine – because if you are not genuine in this area it won’t work. So he can’t be his father, but I’m sure he’s learned a lot.
One of Beamer’s strengths at the start was his attention to detail, as the first-year coach dropped impressive knowledge about the UK during his recent weekly press conference in Colombia.
Here’s what he shared from his Wildcats scout report earlier in the week.
On the offense of Liam Coen
âThey’re always very physical in managing football, but now you have even more of a pass threat. You see a lot of NFL principles with the new offensive coordinator coming in, so they do a great job and ( that) only increased their ability to win football games with some of the elements they added to the offense with the staff and the ploy made them even more dangerous.
About Will LÃ©vis
âThe quarterback they played is playing at a very high level. Truly impressive player. He has size. He can run. He throws one of the most impressive deep balls I’ve ever seen, I mean, I think they’re second in the country, if I’m not mistaken, in explosive passes so it’s an offense. big game. “
âWill is 6 feet 3 inches and 232 pounds. That’s how they list him, so he’s built like an H-back out there that you’re trying to tackle, not to mention he’s got a rocket for an arm and he’s really , really precise with quick release. They throw balls 60 yards deep on the field over people’s heads, but you also realized that he was just keeping the ball and running it, and you have to worry about that (big) line offensive.
About Wan’Dale Robinson
” It’s off. We have to have a good plan for him because he can quickly get the upper hand on a defense and there is no pitching on the field that this quarterback cannot make.
â(Wan’Dale) Robinson is a game-changer with his speed. Missouri saw it the first game of the game if I’m not mistaken. It is electric.
On Darian Kinnard:
âHe’s a first-round draft pick. He’s a huge man – 6ft 5in, 338lb – but he’s light on his feet, athletic, and I don’t think he’s given up passing pressure all year, so he’s a big one. challenge for our guys on board.
On the defense of Kentucky:
âDefensively, experienced and physical. You look at their guys before, they’re all about the size. The end, number four (Josh Paschal) is super disruptive (and) one of the best players in our league, playing fast with twitch. We faced a big defensive tackle from Georgia last week, and we have another this week at (Marquan) McCall. On the board, he just towers over the people on the line of scrimmage, and they were really helped by the transfer linebacker from Ole Miss. (Jacquez) Jones is everywhere on the field, he plays everywhere and then an experienced secondary. It will be a big challenge for us. “