Beamer, Spurrier, and Tyrel Wilson

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Watching the opening game of the college football season last night made me go on a little rant.  Also, let’s talk more about Tyrel Wilson possibly starting at defensive end on Monday night.

Spurrier Nearly Coaches South Carolina to a Loss

Many of you watched last night’s South Carolina-Vanderbilt game, and you saw future Hall of Fame coach Steve Spurrier nearly coach his ninth-ranked Gamecocks into an 0-1 start.

Frank Beamer

Spurrier and Frank Beamer have both had a lot of success in their coaching careers, though they’ve succeeded in different styles.  Spurrier, a Heisman-winning QB for Florida in 1966, likes to let his quarterback throw the ball around, and Frank Beamer is a proponent of a strong running game.  Both guys are pretty stubborn about their beliefs.

A lot of Tech fans believe that at times Beamer has been too slow to open up the passing game, or that the Hokies are too conservative in the red zone, etc.  I agree that not throwing the football in the red zone cost VT the Sugar Bowl.  On the other hand, Frank Beamer’s philosophy would have resulted in a much more comfortable win for South Carolina last night, had he been coaching the Gamecocks, who sweated out a 17-13 win at Vanderbilt and were the beneficiary of some bad officiating in their favor late in the game.

In the second quarter, South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw went down with a shoulder injury.  The Gamecocks sent in backup Dylan Thompson, who had thrown just two career passes.  The Gamecocks have Marcus Lattimore in the backfield, and he’s one of the best backs in the country.  They also have a dominant defense.  Under the Frank Beamer school of thought, it’s pretty clear what to do here:

1: Run the football with your All-American tailback.
2: Don’t let your backup QB lose the game for you.
3: Wait for the Vandy offense to wilt under the pressure of your dominant