South Carolina State names Memphis assistant Tony Madlock as new head coach

Feb 24, 2018; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Tony Madlock during the first half against the Tennessee Volunteers at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina State named University of Memphis assistant coach Tony Madlock as its new men’s basketball head coach on Thursday.

Madlock, 51, spent the past three seasons working on Penny Hardaway’s staff at Memphis, where he helped the Tigers bring in the No. 1 recruiting class in 2019, according to 247Sports.

Prior to joining Memphis, Madlock spent four years as an assistant at Ole Miss, including a stint as the Rebels’ interim head coach during the 2017-2018 season. His past stops as an assistant include Auburn, UTEP and Arkansas State.

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“I am excited to join the Bulldog family. I am looking forward to getting on campus and beginning a new era in Bulldog Basketball,” Madlock said in a news release.

Madlock replaces Murray Garvin at SC State. Garvin coached the Bulldogs from 2013-21, with his best season coming in 2015-16, going 19-15. However, SC State went 1-17 this past season and 1-7 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and didn’t renew his contract.

SC State last reached the NCAA Tournament in 2003.