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Pough to remain for one more season as SC State football coach

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WACH) – South Carolina State athletics officials say longtime head football coach Buddy Pough will remain for another season.

Late Monday, the university said Pough's contract was being extended for the 2018 season.

According to athletics officials, the move is part of "comprehensive strategic assessments" that were conducted by an outside agency.

According to a release from the university, Pough will play a role in helping select his successor.

"I believe this decision is best for the overall athletics program as we begin to focus on transitioning and move into rebuilding mode. The nucleus of that rebuilding is our football program," SC State athletics director Stacy Danley said in a statement.

Pough holds the record as the second-winningest coach in school history, but questions about his future emerged during the course of a 3-7 season in 2017, his worst in 16 years at the helm of the football program.

Pough has an overall record of 120-64 and a 94-33 record in MEAC play. His teams have also won two MEAC titles in 2008 and 2009 and shared a piece of four others. Pough has also coached the Bulldogs to four trips to the FCS playoffs.

Pough earned a bachelor's and master's degree from S.C. State and earned all-MEAC honors as a player as an offensive lineman.

"His winning tradition, extensive relationships throughout the state as well as his familiarity of the program and the MEAC Conference all played a role in helping form the decision," Danley said.

University officials also announced Monday that the women's tennis program will be reinstated. It is one of the most successful programs in school history, capturing 12 MEAC championships and more than 250 victories since 2002.

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