South Carolina State head coach Buddy Pough made news when he announced that the 2023 season would be his last.
The living legend is retiring after 47 years of coaching, with the last two decades spent at SC State.
“No one is running me off. It’s my decision,” he said Thursday. “When you have done something for 47 years, it’s a bit tough to give it up, but it’s time. I will be all right.”
The departure of the winningest coach in SCSU history resulted in reverberations that will be felt at South Carolina State, the MEAC, and the HBCU football landscape.
Reactions to the announcement were filled with effusive praises and gratitude for Pough. Here are a few:
Maurice Drayton, head coach of The Citadel, referred to Coach Pough as “the Dean of head coaches in the great state of South Carolina.”
Virginia head coach Tony Elliot, who played under Pough, said, “he has a heart of gold”
Pough’s farewell season begins on Saturday when South Carolina State takes on Jackson State in the 2023 SWAC/MEAC Challenge.