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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Longtime coach Cremins retires


CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — Bobby Cremins said this time he is stepping down for good.

Nearly two months after taking a medical leave of absence from the College of Charleston men's basketball team, an emotional Cremins announced Monday he was retiring from the game.

But he struggled to get the words out.

The coach's voice cracked and he fought back tears as he addressed players, friends and administrators on the floor of TD Arena, the Cougars' home court.

"With the blessings of my family, my team, staff, friends, and the College of Charleston, I have decided to retire as our coach," the 64-year-old Cremins said.

Cremins is 579-375 in 31 seasons of coaching, and the Yellow Jackets named their home court for him before he returned to coaching in 2006. He grew up in the Bronx then came south to play for South Carolina and fellow New York-transplant Frank McGuire.

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