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Reports: South Carolina hiring Chattanooga’s Lamont Paris

Nov 25, 2019; Knoxville, TN, USA; Chattanooga Mocs head coach Lamont Paris during the first half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina is finalizing a five-year deal with Chattanooga’s Lamont Paris to become the Gamecocks’ next men’s basketball coach, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

Paris guided Chattanooga to a 27-8 record and a No. 13 seed in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The Mocs fell 54-53 to fourth-seeded Illinois in the first round in the South Region.

Paris, 47, would replace Frank Martin, who was fired on March 14 after 10 seasons with the Gamecocks.

Chattanooga was 87-72 in five seasons under Paris, who previously worked as an assistant coach at Wisconsin and Akron among others. Paris was named the Southern Conference’s Coach of the Year in 2021-22.

South Carolina has not been to the NCAA Tournament since reaching the 2017 Final Four.

–Field Level Media