Shane Beamer contract extension: South Carolina rewards coach in second year after season with eight wins

Shane Beamer contract extension: South Carolina rewards coach in second year after season with eight wins

Shane Beamer contract extension: South Carolina rewards coach in second year after season with eight wins

South Carolina coach Shane Beamer has been extended to 2027 after a second straight winning season, the university announced Friday. Although the terms of the new deal have not been made public, Beamer is expected to receive a substantial raise that will more than double his annual salary from $2.75 million to $6.5 million a year ESPN.

The sophomore coach stands at 15-11 overall and led the Gamecocks to an 8-5 record in 2022, punctuated by back-to-back upset wins over Tennessee (63-38) and Clemson (31-30) who were in at the time ranked in the top 10 to end the season. The win over the Tigers sparked a seven-game losing streak at the Palmetto Bowl, and South Carolina finished the year ranked 19th in the College Football Playoff rankings.

“Coach Beamer has done a great job leading our football program,” said South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner. “His passion and desire to excel on and off the court inspired our student-athletes and large fan base. I’m very excited about the synergy and progress of our football program. He knows what a quality football program should entail. It’s me. I’m very happy that he’s our football coach.”

The reported increase elevates Beamer as the lowest-paid coach among the SEC’s public schools put him in the middle of the conference, thought that still left him a long way behind the top ranks of the money-hungry SEC. Six SEC coaches now make at least $9 million a season, according to Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin extension signed stay with the rebels.

“I’m so lucky to be the football coach at the University of South Carolina,” Beamer said in a statement. “I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past two seasons, but it’s just the beginning. The best days of Gamecock football are upon us.”

South Carolina lost a handful of key players to the transfer portal after the 2022 season, including defensive lineman Jordan Burch, top rusher MarShawn Lloyd and tight end Austin Stogner. However, quarterback Spencer Rattler and receiver Antwane Wells Jr. return in 2023 to give the Gamecocks one of the most exciting pairings in the SEC.

Beamer, the son of Hall of Fame coach Frank Beamer, was an unorthodox take when South Carolina called his number after the 2020 season. Beamer has spent the last five seasons as a special teams coordinator for Oklahoma and Georgia and has never called games on either side of the ball. However, his familiarity with South Carolina after four years as an assistant under Steve Spurrier has made Beamer one of the most unlikely success stories in the SEC.

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