Valentine’s Day 2011 for the South Carolina Gamecocks will be one to remember. While it was originally thought it would be about the highs, it will also be about the lows.
At appoximately 10:30 a.m., the unanimous number one recruit in the country, DE Jadeveon Clowney committed to the Gamecocks in a long, drawn out recruiting process.
While it was a joyous occasion for the Gamecocks, Clowney and his family, and South Pointe High School, it was embarassing to see how ESPN exploited the moment.
After Clowney stepped to the podium to announce his decision, he was told that he had to wait at least two minutes for ESPN to come out of a commercial break. It created an awkward moment in the flow of events.
This was once again a demonstration how ESPN dictates the sports’ world, whether sports’ fans love it or not.
It was also announced in a press conference today that Gamecocks’ Special Teams and Recruiting Coordinator Shane Beamer will leave to join his father, Frank, at Virginia Tech.
This is an excellent opportunity for Shane, who will get a chance to inherit the job with the Hokies. No word on who will replace Beamer. South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier said that they will look for the best for the special teams coordinator role, but will likely name someone in-house to be the new recruiting coordinator.
For the Gamecocks, this is a huge loss. Many considered Beamer as one of the top candidates to become the head coach at South Carolina when Spurrier retired. While his special teams group had some bright spots, Beamer will always be remembered for how he changed recruiting for the Gamecocks.
Gone were the David Reaves techniques of just looking for talent. Beamer started looking for good character guys who had talent as well, hoping to have the Gamecocks appear on the front page for on-the-field-play, rather than always making the front page for the latest arrest.
An even bigger sign of what Beamer has done, just take a look at front pages on newspapers and websites, and see what the story is about this time.