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Betts leaves South Carolina State to join OU staff

ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- South Carolina State men's head
basketball coach Ben Betts Jr. has resigned his position to become
an assistant coach at Oklahoma, the school's athletic director said
Friday.

Betts' resignation becomes effective May 25, Athletics Director
Charlene Johnson said.

"We appreciate the service Coach Betts rendered to our men's
basketball program," Johnson said. "We wish him well in his new
position at Oklahoma."

Oklahoma athletic department spokesman Mike Houck wouldn't
confirm the move Friday night.

In three seasons as the Bulldogs' head coach, Betts compiled a
51-39 overall mark and a 36-18 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic
Conference. During his first season, 2003-04, he guided the
Bulldogs to an 18-11 record and was 14-4 in the MEAC, earning a tie
for the league's regular season crown.

South Carolina State went 19-12 overall and 11-7 in conference
play the following season and finished 14-16 and 11-7 this past
season.

Johnson said a search for Betts' successor would begin
immediately. In the interim, basketball operations will be handled
by assistant coach Stan Cromartie, she said.

Betts thanked the school and praised the university and the
Orangeburg community for the opportunity and support he enjoyed as
head coach.

"I feel extremely fortunate to have represented the university
as its men's basketball coach," Betts said.