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There Could Be Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Stansbury

Mississippi State will open a new $11.5 million basketball practice facility in April.  The Bulldogs will bring in three players ranked among Rivals.com’s top 65 next season.

Brad Locke of The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal believes those factors might require a “wait ’til next year” attitude from State fans angry with Rick Stansbury.

This season has so far been a nightmare for MSU’s long-tenured coach.  Injuries, transfers, suspensions, player-on-player violence, naughty tweets… all on top of the fact that State was projected to win the SEC West and reach the NCAA Tournament.  Instead, the Dogs are 13-10 overall, 5-4 in the league, two games behind Alabama in its division, and dysfunctional with a capital D.

Many fans are growing weary of Stansbury’s recent struggles (which is Locke saw the need to write his column).  In his first three seasons, MSU’s coach led the Bulldogs to two NIT berths.  He followed that up with four consecutive NCAA tourney bids from 2002 through 2005. 

Since then he’s earned just two NCAA invitations in the past six years.
And that’s why some maroon-wearing fans are calling for Stansbury’s head.  But will they get it?  Not likely.

The factors Locke mentions — new practice facility, good recruiting class — plus the fact that State has a new AD who probably isn’t looking to can someone during his first year on the job make it likely that MSU boosters will indeed have to take a “wait ’til next year” approach.

Perhaps Arkansas fans can give them some pointers on how to accept that mindset.

 


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