FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2018, file photo, Mississippi acting head coach Tony Madlock reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. South Carolina State has hired Madlock as men's basketball head coach. Bulldogs athletic director Stacy L. Danley announced the move Thursday, March 25, 2021. (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2018, file photo, Mississippi acting head coach Tony Madlock reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. South Carolina State has hired Madlock as men's basketball head coach. Bulldogs athletic director Stacy L. Danley announced the move Thursday, March 25, 2021. (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina State has hired former Memphis assistant Tony Madlock to be its men's basketball head coach.

Bulldogs athletic director Stacy L. Danley announced the move Thursday.

Madlock has spent 25 years as an assistant coach, including the past three seasons at Memphis under head coach and college teammate Penny Hardaway.

Before that, Madlock was at Mississippi as an assistant for three seasons and then served as interim head coach in 2017-18.

Madlock takes over for Murray Garvin, whose contract was not renewed after eight-plus seasons. The Bulldogs play in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and went 1-17 this past season.

Madlock said he was excited to join the Bulldogs and start working to turn around the program.

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