South Carolina’s Shane Beamer apologizes for yelling at female athletes during Title IX ceremony

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South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer was spotted on camera yelling at female athletes to get off the field when they were being honored as part of the 50th anniversary of Title IX during Saturday’s game against the Georgia Bulldogs.

Beamer apologized on Sunday, saying he was not aware the ceremony was set to take place and that he was caught up in the moment because his team was getting ready to attempt a fourth-down conversion.

“We were so immersed in trying to make a decision on what we were going to do,” Beamer said during his weekly teleconference. “I was worried about what was going on in our own offensive huddle. I apologize to anyone that I offended. That was just my initial reaction.”

The incident happened during a TV timeout between the first and second quarter. It went viral after South Carolina soccer player Jyllissa Harris shared what happened on social media. Based off of Beamer’s reaction in the moment, she wrote that honoring female student athletes shouldn’t be just something a program does to “check a box” and that more effort should be put into it.

Beamer added that the game officials had told him to have his players lined up as soon as possible after the TV timeout concluded. But when the TV timeout was over, the female athletes who were being honored were still in the end zone. That’s when Beamer was caught on camera putting his arms up in frustration and yelling at the female athletes. 

After the break, the Gamecocks failed to convert convert the fourth down, turning the…

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