CLEMSON — Clemson filled out its men’s basketball staff Thursday evening when it hired Steve Smith, an assistant at Georgia Southern the last three seasons.

Smith was previously an ?assistant at USC Upstate from 2005-09.

Smith played at Morgan State from 1991-94 and served in the Army, working as a computer ?specialist, from 1994-2000.

Smith replaces James Johnson who was never on the bench for a game at Clemson. After he was hired from Virginia Tech, he returned to the school to become its head coach following the firing of Seth Greenberg.

On April 1, coach Brad Brownell’s top assistant Rick Ray left to become the head coach at Mississippi State.

COLUMBIA — Linebacker Matt Rolin of Ashburn, Va., grew up in a USC family, so it’s only natural he would decide to become a member of the Gamecocks football family.Rolin committed to the Gamecocks while on campus for an unofficial visit.

“It feels real good,” Rolin said. “I’ve got a lot of family support here, and the fans seem to like me a lot. I came here just to make sure it was the place for me. I had a feeling it was.”

Rolin also plays tight end at a high level and could go to college for either position. But he wants to play linebacker and he wanted assurances from the Gamecocks that would be the case.

He picked the Gamecocks over Virginia Tech, Florida State, Florida and Georgia. Rolin becomes the 13th commitment for USC’s 2013 class. Last season, he had 100 tackles with 19 for loss and 2 sacks. He also broke up 10 passes and had two interceptions.

Charleston Southern’s Gabrielle Houston made it two in a row, qualifying for the quarterfinals of the 200-meter dash at the NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla.

Houston took second place in her heat, running a 23.57 to finish 13th overall. She will compete in the quarterfinals of the event today. Earlier in the day, Houston competed in the quarterfinals of the 100-meter dash, where she took 19th overall in a time of 11.59.