COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Tulane and Miami coach Perry Clark wanted more out from college basketball than just watching from an analyst's chair and was happy returning to the game as a South Carolina assistant to Frank Martin.

Clark wasn't sure he'd ever return to the bench after disappointing stints with the Hurricanes from 2001-2004 and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi from 2007-2011. He was content to go back to broadcasting this upcoming season, but discovered he missed the regular interaction with college players and high-school prospects eager to improve their games.

Clark called Martin for background about Alabama coach Anthony Grant in regard to an opening on the Crimson Tide staff. Soon after, Martin convinced Clark to work for the Gamecocks after top assistant Brad Underwood became head coach at Stephen F. Austin.