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Pough to address CMS Sports Gala

Posted: May 8, 2014 3:18 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Tickets are now on sale for Camden Middle School’s inaugural Sports Gala on Friday, May 23 at the school beginning at 6 p.m.
South Carolina State University head football coach Buddy Pough will be the guest speaker for the event.
Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from any Camden Middle School student-athlete or, by contacting CMS Coach Vernon Tucker at 425-8975, ext. 4010.
Pough enters his 13th year at his alma mater in 2014 after having led the Bulldogs to the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title. During his 12-year tenure at the school where he earned a bachelor’s and a master’s, as well as All-MEAC honors as an offensive lineman, Pough has compiled an overall record of 97-43 and a 75-20 MEAC worksheet. His teams have also captured two MEAC titles outright, shared three others and made four trips to the FCS playoffs. His overall and conference records at SC State trail only his own coach at SCSU whom he succeeded on the sideline, the legendary Willie Jeffries.
Pough has coached a number of players who have gone on to play in the National Football League, including four who are currently on NFL rosters including Christian Thompson (Baltimore Ravens), Raphael Bush (New Orleans Saints), Phillip Adams (Oakland Raiders) and Marshall McFadden (Pittsburgh Steelers).
Prior to taking the reins at South Carolina State, Pough spent five seasons as an assistant at the University of South Carolina, the last three as a running backs coach under Lou Holtz. During his stint at USC, he helped build the Gamecocks into one of the top offensive teams in the SEC. USC made back-to-back appearances in the Outback Bowl in 2000 and 2001. Before going to USC, Pough was one of the top high school coaches in the Palmetto State, leading Fairfield-Central to a perfect 15-0 record in 1996 and claiming the Class AAA state title.
He earned South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) Coach-of-the-Year honors for his efforts, the first of such three honors. Pough also had coaching stints at Keenan High in Columbia, where he built the Raiders into one of the top Class AAA teams in the state.
The public is invited to the event and support the student-athletes at Camden Middle School.

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