Steve Newton is introduced as the new basketball coach at Carolina, after a long, 56-day search. He takes over as George Felton’s successor.
Fifty-year-old Newton had spent the previous six years at Murray State, where he won four straight Ohio Valley Conference titles. His teams had made the NCAA tournament three of the past four years.
Steve posted a good 116-64 overall record in his six years at Murray St. However, the Gamecocks were entering their first year of competition in the SEC, a step up from the OVC for Coach Newton.