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Because of financial issues at S. State, the Bulldogs have been forced to play "money" games against opponents like Clemson. South Carolina State coach Buddy Pough is set to become the winningest coach in program history, but he doesn't have a contract for the season. The sun won't rise for at least another hour, but South Carolina State football coach Buddy Pough is on his bicycle, peddling through the parking lot of Oliver C. Dawson Stadium, a jar of peanut butter and jelly and a couple of loaves of bread tucked under his arm. A groggy Austin Ruger, the Bulldogs senior tight end, is still wiping the sleep from his eyes when he sees Pough.
This is how Buddy Pough arrives to practice these days.
Gotta love it SCStateAthletic. The night before, Pough made a run to the local Orangeburg Wal-Mart to get fresh supplies. The veteran coach wants to make sure his players have something to eat before they practice that morning.
But Coach P wants everyone to eat something before we get out there. Because of the recent budget crunch at S. This is for his players. I know he pays for that himself. He just wants to make sure everyone is taken care of. Trust me, the guys notice everything he does for us. Subsequently, a decision will be made based on what we believe will be in the best interest of the university.
If it wasn't for these artificial hips they gave me a couple years back, I think I could still outrun some of these guys. I still enjoy getting up and going to work, and I still enjoy coaching.
Pough grew up in Orangeburg and has spent almost his entire adult life in and around the S. State football program. An offensive lineman for the Bulldogs fromPough was a second-team all-conference pick his senior season at S. Pough took a job as a coach at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School before returning to his alma mater to work under his mentor Willie Jefferies for the next 10 seasons. Two years later, Scott was out of a job and the school hired Lou Holtz.
I visited with Buddy not long after that and decided I needed him on my staff. Just a great guy and also an outstanding football coach. InHoltz got a call from S. State seeking permission to talk with Pough about the Bulldogs' vacant head coaching position. Pough was reluctant to take the job at first.
I thought he had so much to offer young people. Pough took over the Bulldogs' program in and led the team to 10 straight winning seasons. He guided the Bulldogs to back-to-back win seasons in and '09, and three straight FCS playoff appearances. The team posted winning records in 13 of his first 14 seasons as head coach. The school was in the midst of a financial meltdown with dropping enrollment and mismanagement across the campus. Enrollment plummeted from more than 4, to around 2, and the school nearly lost its accreditation.
Pough was starting to feel the effects of the crisis. In14 positions were trimmed from the athletic department. That summer, football players were not allowed to stay on campus and attend summer school as part of their scholarships. After going inthe Bulldogs went inthen dropped to in Recruiting was hit hard. His record would be much better if didn't have to play those games.
As soon as the Bulldogs started to face FCS competition, they rebounded, finishingincluding a four-game winning streak. It was going to help their careers. I feel the school should show him some loyalty. Andrew Miller is a reporter, covering growth and development in Berkeley County. Before ing The Post and Courier inhe graduated from South Carolina with a degree in journalism. Edit Close. Toggle Menu.
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