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Shane Beamer’s first bowl game as a head coach will be memorable for plenty of reasons.
The first is, of course, because South Carolina won the 2021 Duke’s Mayo Bowl, beating North Carolina 38-21 on Dec. 30.
The second reason — because of how much publicity the first-year coach has received since that victory. The win included a celebratory “mayonnaise bath” that has subsequently landed the moment on multiple national sports and talks shows.
A Twitter exchange between Beamer and national college football writer Dennis Dodd also went viral last week in discussing the bowl game and the hype around the mayo bath.
A photo of Beamer then made late-night television on NBC’s “The Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon” this week for a reason other than mayonnaise.
Fallon showed a picture of Beamer celebrating the bowl win by holding up live mascot Sir Big Spur following the game. Above was a caption that read “South Carolina coach celebrates victory.”
“But, the headline could’ve been, ‘New “Lion King’ Reboot Bombs at Box Office,’ ” Fallon joked.
Beamer has yet to comment on his late-night appearance, though he did note Thursday of being one week removed from the bowl game.
“Hard to believe this was 1 week ago today,” he said Thursday on Twitter. “Thanks again to all the amazing #Gamecocks that were in Charlotte with us.”
The season finale marked the first time the Gamecocks have made a bowl since 2018 and the first time they’ve won a bowl since 2017. Beamer capped off his program debut with a 7-6 record, also the program’s first winning record in three years.
— Abbey O'Brien Barrows (@abbeyobrien) January 5, 2022