Shane Beamer sends shade ESPN’s way after South Carolina stuns No. 8 Clemson

Joshua Boucher/jboucher@thestate.com

Good wins often bring celebration. Great wins take that jubilation to a whole new level.

Great wins over your in-state rival? That calls for some good-natured ribbing.

South Carolina fans, players and staffers had plenty to brag about after Saturday’s 31-30 win over No. 8 Clemson in a game played at Memorial Stadium.

Head coach Shane Beamer offered a few memorable social media moments after the game. A Twitter post from Beamer that threw some shade at ESPN was particularly popular among fans.

Beamer — in response to a GamecockCentral Twitter post that showed everyone on ESPN “College GameDay” predicted a Clemson win — simply offered the wave emoji. His tweet had over 15,000 interactions as of Sunday morning.

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Moments later, Beamer succinctly responded to ESPN host Marty Smith’s query.

“Remember when Shane Beamer got asked about his players giving up,” Smith asked via Twitter, referencing a reporter’s question Sept. 17 after a 48-7 loss to Georgia dropped the Gamecocks to 1-2 on the season.

“I do,” Beamer said in his response to Smith.

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Beamer’s official postgame remarks offered praise for Clemson, and for head coach Dabo Swinney in particular.

“That’s a championship-level team that we just beat,” Beamer told reporters. “Tons of respect for him and what he’s about. I told him in that handshake we played our ever-living-you-know-what off because we knew what it would take to beat these guys. I am so, so, so, so, so, so, happy for our fans. I know how important this rivalry is. ... I know how important this game is to so many people in this state.”

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