Mark Stoops Appears To Take Completely Unnecessary Shot At Shane Beamer

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Mark Stoops appeared to fire an unprompted shot across the bow of South Carolina coach Shane Beamer with a recent comment.

Did Mark Stoops take a shot at Shane Beamer? (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

While speaking with Ryan McGee and Marty Smith, the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats talked about how it’s much harder to change the culture than it is to change the climate of a program.


“It’s easy to change a climate. You know, you just change a uniform, talk a little game, dance around, put on some stupid sunglasses and you can change a climate, but to change a culture, it’s at the core,” Stoops explained.

For those of you who might not remember, Beamer and the Gamecocks filmed a video over the summer of him dancing to Soulja Boy after putting on some sunglasses.


It’s hard to believe that’s not what Stoops was referring to!

What is up with people taking unnecessary shots these days? AB just fired shots at Tom Brady, and Mark Stoops has now taken a subtle shot at Beamer right after getting into with John Calipari.

How will South Carolina do in 2022? (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

People need to relax and stay in their lanes. What benefit is there to taking a shot at a rival SEC East head coach?

How does talking about a video Beamer filmed in July help the Wildcats win? It doesn’t.

Mark Stoops appeared to take a subtle jab at Shane Beamer’s dancing video. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Was Beamer’s video a bit corny and cringe? Yes. There’s no question about that, but what he does to hype up his roster is between him and his players.

Will Shane Beamer continue to improve in 2022? (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

After winning a total of six games in the two years before Beamer’s arrival, the Gamecocks went 7-6 in 2021 and won a bowl game.

Clearly, Beamer is doing something right!

How many games will South Carolina win in 2022? (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The good news for both coaches is the Wildcats and Gamecocks will meet October 8 in Lexington. Mark Stoops and Shane Beamer can settle any disputes they might have on the field!

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Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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  1. That video is as cringe as it gets. Dork city. You can’t let a rival slide on that without saying something, can you? A subtle jab a month later without mentioning the guy by name is about as classy as a way to get the jab in as you can do.

  2. Combine the universal access/availability and general “lawlessness” of the social media “frontier” with the total demise of “civility” on Planet Earth … and this is what we get.
    Beamer’s schtick was no “cornier” than 99% of the stoopid crap that goes on in “sports” (and politics) in America. That Beamer’s little schtick did not make any reference subtle or otherwise to Stoops or to UK makes Stoops the “perp” in this case …just as Calipari was “the perp” in last week’s brouhaha at UK.

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