University of South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer was recorded during a game Saturday, apologizing after yelling at a group of female athletes for honoring the 50th anniversary of Title IX legislation.
Legislation in 1972 outlawed sex discrimination in federally supported educational institutions and has been a key part of supporting women’s track and field in the United States.
“I apologize to anyone I offended,” coach tell ESPN Sunday.
The show, which aired Saturday during USC’s game against the University of Georgia on Saturday, showed the coach screaming what appeared to be “Get off the field!” as a group of women left the field.
The coach later explained that he had been briefed by game officials to have his players on the field and ready for immediate action. The TV timeout ended and the game was broadcast live again.
He added that he was a big supporter of the women’s sport.
“I want people to know me well enough to know that I’m an advocate for the women’s movement,” he added on ESPN. “I have two daughters who play sports myself. I play as many women’s sports in Carolina as I can because I believe in and support them, and anyone who thinks otherwise certainly doesn’t know me.”
The brief live controversy was just the beginning of Mr Beemer’s troubles on Saturday.
No. 1 Georgia State defeated the South Carolina Cockers 48-7.