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South Carolina St. ends relationship with Brown

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.