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Clemson women's basketball coach Audra Smith has been named the new coach at South Carolina State. File/Richard Shiro/AP

CLEMSON — A little more than two months after she was fired from Clemson, former Tigers' women's basketball coach Audra Smith has a new coaching gig as of Wednesday. 

South Carolina State announced it was hiring Smith for the same role in Orangeburg after Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich decided it was time to part ways in March. 

Smith, whose son Anthony Oliver II is currently a guard on Clemson's men's basketball team, had a 52-99 overall record in her five years at Clemson and a 9-70 mark in the ACC. She is a former roommate of South Carolina coach Dawn Staley from when the duo played together at Virginia.

Clemson went 11-19 overall in 2017-18 and 1-15 in conference play before Smith was released. Radakovich has since hired former Florida coach Amanda Butler to turn the program around. Butler, who was fired from Florida in March of 2017, is hoping to reach a point where the Tigers can contend better with Staley at South Carolina. 

Radakovich wished Smith well when she was released. 

“We appreciate everything that coach Smith and her staff have done for our women’s basketball program and for our student athletes, but on the court results made this decision necessary,” Radakovich said in a statement at the time. “We have high expectations for all our athletic programs and we need a new direction and fresh perspective in women’s basketball. We wish Audra all the best moving forward as we begin a national search for our new head coach."

 

Follow Grace Raynor on Twitter @gmraynor

Grace is the Post and Courier's Clemson reporter. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in journalism.

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