Coach Beamer Bowl Announcement Press Conference With Video & Quotes

South Carolina Head Football Coach Shane Beamer Discusses The Gamecocks Bowl Site Destination with Members of the Media.

Gamecocks to Face Notre Dame in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl on Dec. 30

The University of South Carolina Gamecocks have accepted a bid to play in the 78th TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, it was announced today. The game will be played at TIAA Bank Field (67,164) in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 pm ET. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The Gamecocks (8-4, 4-4 SEC) are ranked 19th in the final College Football Playoff Rankings, 20th in the Associated Press poll and 19th in the AFCA Coaches poll. Carolina finished the 2022 regular season on a high note, knocking off a pair of top-10 teams in No. 5 Tennessee, 63-38 and No. 7 Clemson, 31-30, in its last two games. After opening the season with a 1-2 mark, the Gamecocks won seven of their final nine contests, including three over ranked opponents.

Notre Dame (8-4) finished the regular season ranked 21st in the CFP Rankings, 19th in the A.P. poll and 20th in the Coaches’ poll. After opening the season with a pair of losses and standing at just 3-3 at the midway point, the Irish went on a five-game winning streak before falling to Southern Cal in their regular season finale.

The Gamecocks and Irish have met four previous times on the gridiron but have not faced each other since 1984. Notre Dame won the first three meetings, a 13-6 win in Columbia in 1976, an 18-17 victory in South Bend in 1979, and a 30-6 win in Columbia in 1983. The Gamecocks got exacted some revenge with a 36-32 win in South Bend during the 1984 season, the last time the two teams met.

The Gamecocks will be appearing in their 25th bowl game. They own a 10-14 mark in the previous 24 contests. Carolina has posted a 10-6 mark in its last 16 bowl contests after dropping its first eight bowl games. The Gamecocks rolled to a 38-21 win over North Carolina in the 2021 Duke’s Mayo Bowl, the sixth win in their last eight bowl appearances.

This will mark the Gamecocks’ fifth trip to Jacksonville and the Gator Bowl, but the first since 1987. The Gamecocks are still looking for their first Gator Bowl win. South Carolina’s very first bowl game was the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1, 1946, when the Gamecocks dropped a 26-14 decision to Wake Forest. South Carolina also lost the 1980 Gator Bowl to Pittsburgh by a 37-7 score, the 1984 Gator Bowl to Oklahoma State by a 21-14 margin, and the 1987 Gator Bowl to LSU, a 30-13 setback.

The Gator Bowl is operated by Gator Bowl Sports. It has been held continuously since 1946, making it the sixth-oldest college bowl, as well as the first one ever televised nationally.

Key Ouotes From Coach Beamer

Josh Vann is questionable for the bowl game, has not been ruled out.
Beamer: He would consider calling plays if that's best for the team, has not ruled that out.
Beamer: Wants to have a normal game week of practices in Columbia before they break for Christmas
Beamer: As he goes through hiring process for new OC/QB coach, doesn't consult with Spencer Rattler but certainly looking for a guy who would fit Rattler's skills and the other QBs, and he will bounce some things off him.
Beamer: Expects Adkins to be back as OL coach next season, he is out recruiting.
Beamer: No plan yet for the play caller for the game and probably won't announce that so as not to give Notre Dame some idea of what the gameplan might look like.
Beamer: Teasley and Adkins are both on the road giving them 10 assistants on the road recruiting.
Beamer: Had a good conversation with Cam Smith and saw his tweet, no one else has told him they don't plan to play in the bowl game.
Beamer: Team banquet is tonight, coaches go recruiting starting tonight, he's going to Las Vegas during the week for the Sylvester Croom induction into College Football Hall of Fame, bowl practice starts a week from this Thursday.
Beamer: Had had positive conversations with those players who have decisions to make, went recruiting over the weekend.
Beamer: Had had positive conversations with those players who have decisions to make, went recruiting over the weekend.
Beamer: Wishes Marcus Satterfield well with his new job at Nebraska, the opening at USC is very appealing, has heard from a lot of interesting candidates, no hire is imminent, he wants to make sure he has the right fit for the long term.
Beamer: There were a lot of bowl games that wanted his team, "It's great to be wanted."
Beamer: A great opportunity for the players to face Notre Dame, a new bowl venue for them, two nationally ranked teams, only game on at 3:30 PM that day, lot of excitement nationally about them and Notre Dame will be a big TV draw.


Offensive line coach Greg Adkins Beamer noted, is “through the health issues that he had” earlier this fall. “Greg worked, he wasn’t necessarily on the field, but he was active in what we were doing in our building the last half of the season,” Beamer said, “And he feels great right now. Certainly, we’ll always discuss things moving forward, but he’s well and out recruiting right now for us and excited about it.” WR Josh Vann, who went down with a leg injury in the Clemson game, is questionable for the Gator Bowl on Dec. 30 .Haven’t ruled Vann out,” Beamer said,


Beamer said he’s had conversations about who will call plays but will keep that in-house. “I probably won’t tell you guys, either. Not to be a jerk but if I say so and so is the play-caller, Notre Dame will go back and look at that guy’s background and if that guy has called plays other places or other places he’s been. If you say the running backs coach is going to be the play caller, does that mean they’ll call 95 percent running plays in the bowl game?” Beamer said


“For one, it’s different now. Two years ago I was trying to put together an entire building of people with 10 coaches, coordinators, a strength staff, player development and on and on and on,” he said. “This year is a little different because you have pieces in place. Certainly, when you’re hiring a coordinator, particularly on the offensive or defensive side of the ball, everyone is affected.”

This is probably the most attractive the Gamecocks’ offensive coordinator position has looked in a long time, coming off two big wins where the offense put up 94 points and over 1,000 yards.

“Not that it wasn’t appealing two years ago, but it’s a lot more appealing now. There’s a lot more interest in it now than it was two years ago when I was trying to hire an offensive coordinator,” he said. “The amount of people who’ve reached out to me like sitting head coaches to NFL coaches to current coordinators has been pretty impressive.”

Beamer on OC: search nothing is “imminent” but he won’t dilly dally on the search either. “Certainly, we know we can’t wait forever and we’re not going to, either,” he said. “Everyone wants it done tomorrow but I want to make sure he’s the right fit for everyone involved not just in the short term but the long term as well and what’s best for South Carolina football.”

Beamer what he wants with his new OC: “You’re looking at what kind of person they are, first of all. We want to make sure they fit with what we’re doing in that building and how they would fit potentially with the coaches you already have on staff. Then schematically, what they believe in and what it could potentially look like. Does that person help get the best out of the current personnel you have on offense? The background: where they’ve been, where they’ve recruited, coaches they’ve been around, systems they’ve been a part of,”

Beamer: “Have they called plays before, have they not called plays before if they’ve been a coordinator? Have they been in the SEC? There are a lot of things you look at. There are a lot of great coaches who’ve reached out and some people would say, ‘Oh my god, you could go hire that guy. That’s a slam dunk.’ Well, maybe not. maybe it’s not the right fit of what we’re looking for or the right fit for our building and our people. You’re looking for that.”