COLUMBIA, SC (May 16, 2022) – South Carolina State head football coach Oliver “Buddy” Pough was honored Saturday (May 14) by the South Carolina State Employees Association (SCSEA) for outstanding achievement during the 2021 football season.

Pough received the group’s annual Outstanding Achievement Award Saturday during the SCSEA 76th Annual Meeting at its Zimalcrest Street Auditorium in Columbia. In addition, the Orangeburg native and SCSU alum was presented a Concurrent Resolution by State Senator Vernon Stephens of Senate District 39, which includes Orangeburg,

The Bulldog mentor, the winningest football coach in SC State history, guided his team to a perfect (5-0) Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference record and a 31-10 Celebration Bowl win over Jackson State and Coach Deion “Prime” Sanders.

The win gave SC State its fifth Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) football championship — the second under Pough — who also guided the Bulldogs the 2009 HBCU title.