BOB GILLESPIE SPECIAL TO THE STATE
For Chennis Berry, this fall was to be his debut as a college head football coach. After two decades as an assistant at several historically black colleges, including the past seven seasons as Southern University’s offensive coordinator, he finally had his own program at Benedict College.
Buddy Pough, who in 2019 surpassed former coach Willie Jeffries to become South Carolina State’s all-time wins leader (133-74), was looking toward his 19th season at his alma mater. Rumors in 2018 of possible retirement disappeared after an 8-3 season, and “they seem to want to keep me around, and I don’t seem to want to leave,” he said with a chuckle.