Friday, July 28, 2017
NORFOLK, Virginia – South Carolina State has never had a losing MEAC record under coach Buddy Pough. Many teams would embrace last year’s 5-3 mark.
But, oh, do the Bulldogs seek a sweeter ending this year to Pough’s 16th season in Orangeburg.
“We have a tradition of winning championships,” he said, “and when we finish second or third, that’s not good enough for our program.”
South Carolina State is expected to contend for the MEAC title this season, but even Friday’s third-place prediction in the conference’s preseason poll likely serves as additional motivation for the Bulldogs, who have won six championships under Pough.
Defending champion North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T, last year’s runner-Cup and the 2015 conference champ, were picked first and second, respectively, in the preseason poll, which was voted on by the head coach and the sports information director at each of the 11 schools.