South Carolina coach Shane Beamer revealed he broke a bone in his foot after the Gamecocks’ “gut-wrenching” loss to Florida on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know:
- South Carolina blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead at home to fall 41-39 to the Gators and drop to 2-4 on the season.
- Beamer told reporters Tuesday that he “was frustrated and kicked something that I shouldn’t have kicked” after the game to sustain the injury.
- Beamer, 46, added he likely won’t require surgery and joked that he is “very probable” for this Saturday’s game at No. 20 Missouri.
- The third-year coach owns a 17-15 overall record and led the Gamecocks to consecutive bowl appearances in 2021 and 2022.
What Beamer said
“It was after the game and certainly that was a gut-wrenching, emotional loss,” Beamer said. “I was frustrated and kicked something that I shouldn’t have kicked and thought I was ok. But the adrenaline of the game wore off.
“And before anybody starts the narrative that the head football coach is frustrated and lost his poise and all that — No. I care. I care about these kids. I was really upset on Saturday night cause I didn’t do enough to help them get over the hump and win the football game. I don’t think I have to have surgery, but there is a broken bone in my foot. It hurts like ‘you know what.’ But I’ve got to show toughness and fight through it. It’s been one of those years.”
Beamer joked he didn’t get a lot of empathy from athletic director Ray Tanner, who “died laughing” when he told him about the injury.
“The problem (for Saturday’s game) will be not being on any kind of pain medication,” Beamer said with a laugh. “We’ll be faking punts from (the) 2-yard line on fourth-and-30 because I’ll be loopy if I’m on pain medicine. So we’ve got to make sure that I fight through with no pain medicine and I’m focused and can make calls. But no, I’m good.”
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