South Carolina Beamer Start Football

FILE - South Carolina quarterback Luke Doty (4) scrambles with the ball during an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. Quarterbacks Collin Hill and Ryan Hilinski, who started 19 of the last 22 games for South Carolina, have both said they're not returning next year. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Shane Beamer hasn't had the smooth start every first-time head football coach dreams about after getting the job.

Beamer has seen the names of several Gamecocks appear in the transfer portal, recruits de-commit and two assistants he hired for his staff have left to work for a Southeastern Conference rival.

The 43-year-old Beamer believes these developments come with the territory when turning around a team that has gone 6-16 the past two years.

Beamer says the players and assistants with the program when classes resumed this week are fully committed to making the Gamecocks a winning program.

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