Sunday, July 9, 2017

Restivo returns to be S.C. State defensive coordinator

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina -- What was old is now new again. Well, not exactly. But, former South Carolina State defensive coordinator Tommy Restivo is now the new defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs.

Don’t let that confuse you.

After two seasons at the post for S.C. State, Restivo left Orangeburg in January of 2016 and took the DC post at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Former South Carolina linebackers coach Kirk Botkin then came to head up the defense for the Bulldogs last season. With Botkin leaving the program this summer, Bulldogs head coach Buddy Pough has turned once again to Restivo to direct the aspect of the S.C. State team that has been its calling card for many decades.

“You always are happy when you can put a piece back in place and don’t have to bring it up to speed with the rest of the program,” Pough said on Friday. “Coach Restivo is familiar with all the intricacies of what we do here at South Carolina State, and he knows the rest of our staff well.


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