South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer doesn’t forget. At SEC Media Days last year, South Carolina posted a video of Beamer and a few of his players lip syncing a song while rocking a pair of shades. Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops threw a subtle jab at the goofy performance the next day.
“I talked years ago about climate versus culture,” Stoops said on July 20, 2022. “It’s easy to change a climate. You just change the uniforms, talk a little game, dance around and put on some stupid sunglasses and you can change a climate.
“But to change a culture is at the core, and I am quite certain that we have changed our culture. It’s just who we are, and how we are perceived. You look around at some of the greatest coaches and the respect that you get and the respect that our players carry with them, because they know who they are.”
Beamer took offense. When the Gamecocks handed Kentucky a 24-14 loss a few short months later, Beamer reminded his players about Stoops’ comments.
“Make sure we’re classy in our postgame with the media, but in SEC Media Days, he talked about stupid sunglasses and dancing,” Beamer said to his players in the locker room.
He proceeded to pull out a pair of sunglasses and bust a move. Although Beamer didn’t deliver a speech to remind his team of any comments this year, the program certainly still hasn’t forgotten.
History repeats itself in South Carolina
Following South Carolina’s 17-14 win over Kentucky, the program posted a video of Beamer tearing up the dance floor once again. The caption? “Culture wins.”
South Carolina’s culture certainly shined through on Saturday night. After securing a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, the Gamecocks did not score for two straight quarters. Trailing Kentucky 14-10 in the final period, South Carolina stepped up.
The team put together an unwavering 74-yard march to the end zone to secure the lead. Neither team scored again in the contest. After the team’s victory, Beamer didn’t hesitate to mention his team’s culture.
“What a win. What a testament to the fight of our football team,” Beamer said. “No one ever can question the fight of this football team and the culture of this football program ever. Doesn’t mean we are going to win every game but this group of young men that we have on this football team and what they are about was on display tonight against a really good, physical Kentucky team.”
South Carolina will look to use its culture to its advantage in the final game of its regular season. On Saturday, the Gamecocks will square off against Clemson at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.