South Carolina football head coach Shane Beamer responded to a question regarding the social media activity of Spencer Rattler’s father Michael.
It is year two of the Shane Beamer era of South Carolina football and the head coach now has to defend his top-flight transfer Spencer Rattler’s father’s social media activity.
Michael Rattler got into it with ESPN’s Matt Barrie on Twitter about why his son did not choose to play for Arizona State instead of South Carolina. The Rattlers are from Phoenix, Barrie is an Arizona State alum and the Sun Devils were in the market for a starting quarterback, as many people expected last year’s starter, Jayden Daniels, to enter the NFL Draft.
Barrie cited NIL reasons as to why Rattler did not come to Tempe.
On the contrary, it was a combination of Daniels being undecided on his Arizona State future (he has since entered the transfer portal), as well as Rattler having a strong connection with Coach Beamer from their days at Oklahoma.
Here is what Beamer said at the podium on Monday after being asked about Rattler’s father.
"“Good and bad, those are your words … I mean some people may not think, I don’t know what he’s doing on social media, but I don’t think it’s much of anything,” said Beamer. “I think his dad is a hell of a person. I love his dad. It’s a great family. Spencer’s very, very, very, very, very, very grounded and a great young man. Looking forward to you guys getting to know him. That’s what I know about him. He’s done a great job of coming into this program, immersion himself within the team and being a great teammate.”"
Here is a little more context on the quote with full video and audio of the question.
Shane Beamer responds to question about Spencer Rattler’s father
Having to read and react to every parent of every player who has a social media presence has to be exhausting for a head coach. It has to be one of the most nauseating parts of the job that did not exist a decade ago. Not only do coaches have to navigate NIL and the transfer portal, but they have to be cognizant of what their players’ parents do and do not do online has to be maddening.
Ultimately, the Gamecocks are in a great spot by getting Rattler in the transfer portal. He spent the last three years at Oklahoma. With him being redshirted in 2019 and 2020 not counting towards eligibility because of COVID, Rattler has upwards of three years he could potentially play at South Carolina. He may only play for them one year before turning pro, but he has options.
Arizona State may have been a potential landing spot for Rattler, but he is in South Carolina now.