Mississippi State Bulldogs

Staley proud to be 2nd African-American coach to win title

Dawn Staley hopes to pass along a piece of her first championship net to another aspiring African-American coach — the same as Carolyn Peck did for her years ago.

Staley joined Peck as the only African-American coaches to win an NCAA women's basketball championship Sunday night when South Carolina beat Mississippi State 67-55. Peck, who won a title at Purdue in 1999, gave Staley a piece of her net a few years ago when she was a commentator. Staley has held it close ever since.

"I've had it in my wallet for years. She said, 'When you win your national championship, just return it,'" Staley said. "I'm going to have to pass a piece of my net on to somebody else...

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