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Police: Online threats led to arrest of ex-USC Upstate coach

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Colton Hodge (Spartanburg Co. Detention Facility) Colton Hodge (Spartanburg Co. Detention Facility)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A former Upstate college volunteer coach is in big trouble after posting a rap video on YouTube that police said threatened the athletic director.

Former USC Upstate volunteer track coach Colton Hodge went before a judge Tuesday night after he was charged with threatening the life of a public official and disseminating obscenity unlawfully.  Hodge didn't have much to say before the judge Tuesday evening.           

School officials said the videos were all posted after he voluntarily resigned as an assistant volunteer track and field coach last month. School officials said the first charge deals with two videos he recently made in which he calls for the firing of Mike Hall, the athletic director at USC Upstate.

They said they took the rap video serious, especially after seeing what happened in Colorado last week.

"When you look at different events that have happened over the last week and things on other campuses, you can't shrug that off and take it lightly," said USC Communications Director Tammy Whaley.  

Campus police also accused Hodge of sending pornographic material to a college employee while he was still working as a coach. Hodge served four years as a voluntary assistant coach for the track and field program, up until his resignation last month.  

In Hodge's music video, school officials said he also asked Gov. Nikki Haley to help in his quest to become the athletics director of USC Upstate. 

A Spartanburg County judge set his bond at $15,000. He is expected to be back in court Sept. 27. 

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