Even though he’s only in his first year as South Carolina’s head coach, Shane Beamer is very familiar with Kentucky. Not only has Beamer coached against the Cats as an assistant at four different SEC schools, he actually grew up in the Bluegrass. Shane’s father Frank coached at Murray State from 1979-86 before taking the job at Virginia Tech.
“I have a lot of respect for Coach Stoops and what he’s done at Kentucky and the way he’s elevated that program,” Beamer said yesterday. “I grew up in Murray, Kentucky when my dad was the head coach at Murray State.