Brown Back In The "Comfort Zone"

By - October 12, 2006

South Carolina State coach Jamal Brown, a former star center at the Orangeburg university, is one of three first-year coaches in the MEAC.

"It’s been a fast experience," said Brown, the youngest coach in the conference. "I went to school there, I was an assistant there, so I've been refamiliarizing myself with the environment. It’s always good to come home, to come back to the comfort zone."

Brown, who participated on four of SCSU's five NCAA tournament teams as a coach and as a player, is most excited about the teaching aspect of the job.

"I’m actually really excited about the practices," Brown said. "I think that the games will take care of themselves. If we can get the practices intense and fun and get everyone to ‘buy in’ — teaching. I think we’re all teachers, in life and in basketball.

"It’s a great time of year for coaches."

The 32-year-old Brown's head coaching career will open on Nov. 11 with a notable rivalry game.

"Every game is important, but my first game is against the University of South Carolina," Brown said. "It’s a game that a rivalry between the two schools, which are only 35 minutes apart. We’ve never beaten them but there have been a lot of close games. Two years ago, they took them to overtime. When I was there we lost in double-overtime as a player and we also lost on a last-second shot as an assistant."

Posted by at 05:30 PM on October 12, 2006

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