South Carolina St. ends relationship with Brown

Updated: March 29, 2007, 7:29 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina State fired basketball coach Jamal Brown on Thursday, saying he "violated the university's obligations under Title IX."

Title IX requires colleges to provide equal athletic opportunities for men and women.

"[Brown] violated the university's obligations under Title IX and violated several provisions of his employment agreement with the university to include failure to fully cooperate with the university's investigation into the Title IX issues," the school said in a statement.

Messages left for South Carolina State athletic director Charlene Johnson, Brown and Edwin Givens, a special assistant to university president Andrew Hugine, weren't immediately returned.

Brown, 13-17 in his only season at the school, had three years remaining on his contract. The Bulldogs ended their season in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals with a 66-64 loss to Morgan State earlier this month.

Assistant coach Ray Martin will serve as interim head coach. The university's statement said this is a personnel matter that could result in litigation and the school "will not comment further on the specifics of this matter."

Before the team's home game with Norfolk State on Jan. 29, the school announced that Brown would be absent because of personal reasons.

Brown returned a few games later and said in media reports the absence was to take care of family issues.

In its statement, the school acknowledged Brown's situation has "been the source of much concern within our community."

Brown was a former South Carolina State center under Cy Alexander and played in the 1996 NCAA tournament. He was hired as coach last June after spending the previous three seasons as Alexander's assistant at Tennessee State.

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