COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - On Monday, South Carolina introduced Shane Beamer as its 36th head coach in program history.
The 43-year-old Beamer called this his dream job.
He fell in love with the program and Columbia during his days as an assistant (2007-2010).
In his final two seasons working on Steve Spurrier’s coaching staff, the Gamecocks crushed rival Clemson. It marked the beginning of a five-game win streak over the Tigers.
The in-state rivalry has since turned in the Tigers’ favor.
Clemson has transformed into a national power while capturing six-straight wins over South Carolina.
During Monday’s introductory press conference, a media member asked Beamer how he intends to solve the “Clemson problem.”
Beamer channeled his inner HBC and referred to Clemson as “that team in the Upstate.” It’s lingo Spurrier used when talking about the Tigers as a way to liven up the Palmetto State rivalry.
It probably brings back good memories for South Carolina fans.
Beamer did briefly share his thoughts on his in-state foe.
“You mention that team in the Upstate,” said Beamer before diving into his answer. “They are certainly on a pretty good run right now. When I was here before, we were on a pretty dang good run ourselves against those guys as well. It’s a big challenge. We’re going to work every single day in recruiting in this facility to have a team that we can be proud of on the field. That will result in the way we play on the field. I have great respect for those guys but looking forward to getting in there and competing. I know that for a fact.”