SC State Head Coach Tim Carter Resigns

USA TODAY Sports

After another long season that has him even further removed from his success, Carter has stepped down immediately from his position as head coach during his sixth season.

Six years ago, Tim Carter was known as the winningest head coach in the history of Texas-San Antonio's basketball team, a man with 160 wins and four tournament appearances over four years, who was coming to South Carolina State to try and turn things around.

Six years later, the Bulldogs lost their 14th straight game, and Carter announced his resignation.

The Bulldogs were really just in a downturn, as Carter's arrival showed them only two years removed from three consecutive MEAC tournament appearances, so it was more about fixing a slump than saving a program.

He turned them back into a winning team in his second season, and in his third they returned to the conference championship game, despite being unsuccessful in reaching the tournament.

Alas, they are 15-65 since then. They have not won a regular season game since November 28 against Jacksonville (14 straight) and they have not won a conference game since March 8, 2011 (24 straight).

Carter's struggles this season are understandable. His roster contains six freshmen, two sophomores (one of whom didn't play a single minute until conference play started), six juniors (all JUCO transfers), and one senior.

His lone senior, point guard Khalif Toombs, is having his worst offensive season as a Bulldog in terms of efficiency - which may have something to do with a roster that features two guys he had ever played with before the season started.

The timing of the move is a bit odd, not sure why Carter wouldn't just finish out the season, but I can certainly understand how such a long run of futility could such the joy out of your job.

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