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Inside South Carolina football's ascent and 'great vibes' under Shane Beamer | Toppmeyer

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A few minutes remained in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl when a harrowing reality struck Shane Beamer.

“Oh my god, I’m about to get mayonnaise dumped on me,” the South Carolina coach remembers thinking.

Weeks before the game, bowl organizers struck an agreement with Beamer and North Carolina’s Mack Brown that the winning coach would receive a celebratory mayo bath.

What had sounded like a decent idea felt ominous as Beamer’s Gamecocks closed in on a 38-21 victory.

Beamer’s silver lining: A mayo dousing beats losing.