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Clemson hires former Florida women's coach Butler

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Clemson has turned to former Florida coach Amanda Butler to turn around its troubled women's basketball program.

Athletic spokesman Joe Galbraith said the school's Board of Trustees approved a four-year contract Thursday. He said financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Butler takes over for Audra Smith, who was let go last month after five, struggling seasons. The Tigers went just 52-99 overall during Smith's tenure and were just 9-70 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Butler, 46, played and coached at Florida, going 190-137 in 10 years with the Gators. She made NCAA Tournament four times in that span, never getting past the opening game. Butler till be charged with reviving a Clemson program that last played in the NCAAs in 2002 under coach Jim Davis.

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