Buddy Pough to Coach One Last Year at SC State

Longtime SC State football head coach Buddy Pough was thinking about retiring but will return for another season to lead the Bulldog program. He spoke with News 19's Joe Cook about his one-year extension and the strong possibility of 2018 being his last y

ORANGEBURG, SC - Longtime head coach Buddy Pough of the South Carolina State will coach one more year at the school.

The school announced their decision Monday .

In a press release SC State Athletic Director Stacy Danley said, "I believe this decision is best for the overall athletics program as we begin to focus on transitioning and move into rebuilding mode,” stated Danley.  “I believe this decision is best for the overall athletics program as we begin to focus on transitioning and move into rebuilding mode,” stated Danley.

Pough has been the head coach at SC State for 16 seasons and he earned his bachelor's and master's degree from the school.

The Bulldogs have won six MEAC titles and two outright. They've also made four trips to the FCS playoffs during Pough's tenure.

After finishing 3-7 this season and 5-6 in 2016 the last winning season from the Bulldogs was in 2015 when they won 7 games.

There will be lots of pressure going into 2018. Not only will the Bulldogs try to win games and send Pough off on a high note, if he doesn't receive another extension, the former Bulldog player and head coach is also 10 wins away from becoming the all-time winningest head coach in SC State history.

The university also announced they are reinstating the women's tennis program. 

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