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Brown selected to lead South Carolina State hoops

Orangeburg, SC (Sports Network) - Jamal Brown has been named the men's head basketball coach at South Carolina State.

Brown, a former Bulldog player and assistant coach, will replace Ben Betts, who left to take an assistant's position at Oklahoma.

This will be the first head coaching assignment for Brown, who played with the Bulldogs from 1993-96 and was an assistant from 1997-2003. He most recently spent time as an assistant at Tennessee State under former Bulldog head coach Cy Alexander.

"This is a glorious day for me," said Brown. "I am exceptionally humble and grateful for the opportunity. I have one desire, one dream, to make the young men that make up this program the best that they can be. I promise that they will walk away from South Carolina State with a degree.

"My motto is 'Driven, Dedicated and Committed,' and this I will impart to the players here."

Brown was the starting center for a South Carolina State team that earned the school's second NCAA Tournament berth in 1996. He also helped the Bulldogs to three more NCAA berths as an assistant.

"Selecting a coach for one of your major programs is not an easy task, but I know we have a very capable person in Jamal," said athletic director Charlene Johnson. "He was very productive as a player here and as an assistant coach, contributed to some of our most successful seasons. And, he has been a part of a staff that revived the basketball program at Tennessee State.

"We know these accomplishments are significant and feel confident that he will build on the fine tradition we have enjoyed here at South Carolina State."

South Carolina State was 14-16 this past season, including 11-7 in the Mid- Eastern Athletic Conference.

In three seasons with the Bulldogs, Betts compiled a 51-39 overall mark and a 36-18 record in the MEAC.

06/21 16:52:31 ET

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