ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Each new football season feels like 'Christmas morning' to South Carolina State head coach Buddy Pough. And just like the holiday, he's had a lot to celebrate about in Orangeburg, SC, during his time there as the leader of the program.
This upcoming season marks coach Pough's 17th and final one in charge. Pough needs nine more victories to become the school's all-time winningest coach.
He will look to pick up his first victory of 2018 on Saturday at Georgia Southern. It will be a tall order for SC State to pull off the upset against an FBS program.
"When you go into situations like this, and you look good, you can draw some positives from those kinds of things, too. At the same time a win here would be enormous for us," said coach Pough.
He is excited to coach meaningful football games. He called the 2018 offseason, "long," with all the talk centered around his final year at the helm.
"As you get closer to the affair, you come to the realization that maybe it's time," said coach Pough. "I'm not necessarily thinking I'm done, done."
If it is Pough's final go around at SC State, he's enjoyed every moment of the journey.
"I am really appreciative of the opportunities I've had," said Pough about his entire 40-plus year coaching career. "I don't know why sometimes I've been so lucky."
S.C. State University certainly must feel as fortunate to have Pough lead the program all these years. He's guided the Bulldogs to 6 MEAC championships, including winning the conference crown outright in 2008 and 2009.