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MSU’s Stricklin Noncommittal On Stansbury’s Return

In a lengthy Q&A with Brandon Marcello of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin danced around a question about Rick Stansbury’s job security.

“We’ve had a good week but obviously we’ve had a lot of challenges, too.  The important thing is that we’ve got to make sure those challenges aren’t there going forward.  Rick and I talk a lot, just like all of our coaches.  I’ll sit down with him at the end of the year.  We’ll figure out the direction we need to go, what we’re doing and what the coach’s thoughts are with that.  I want to hear what Rick has to say there.  Rick’s had a lot of success here, you know?  Heck, even in a down year we’re finishing second in our division.”

So will he be back?

“We evaluate everything at the end of the year.  Rick’s done a lot of good things here.  We’ve got to make sure the challenges we had this year are addressed.”

Stricklin won’t say it, but it sounds like you can expect Stansbury to return despite a tumultuous season and declining ticket sales.  However, Stansbury figures to be on the hot seat entering 2011-12.

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5 comments
David Zeigler
David Zeigler

I totally agree with JH Hopkins. I was at the MSU basketball camp in 96. I live in the same town that PG Marcus Bullard came from. I live 15 minutes from where Timmy Bowers came from. I am a huge State fan in all sports. I like Stansbury, but hes been there too long to have no real success. I mean he cant even get us to the tourney anymore. And when he does we lose to teams like Butler. Dont get me wrong, Butler is starting to be a good program. But when we played em they were not. Please get rid of Stansbury at the end of the season.

J.H. Hopkins
J.H. Hopkins

I am a 2001 State grad. My 1st semester was the Spring of 1996. I don't have to explain how awesome of a season that was. Stansbury is clearly not getting it done. Since he took over 13 seasons ago, every team in the SECwest has been to the Sweet 16 except for one.... Stansbury can't do it. If L-Rob didn't fall in his lap, we would have fired him years ago. Why are so many starters leaving over the years (not back ups). Think if Hansbrough was on last year's team (we would been ranked in the top 5). Think if he was on this year's team.... 2 years in a row being ranked as a top 5 program. WHY ARE STARTERS LEAVING? WHY DO WE HAVE --ZERO-- POST SEASON SUCCESS IN THE BIG DANCE (where it matters most)? WHY DO WE ALWAYS HAVE BAD LOSSES TO AUBURN/LSU EVERY YEAR? WHY NO MATTER HOW GOOD/BAD BAMA IS, AND NO MATTER HOW GOOD/BAD WE ARE, WE ALWAYS LOSE TO BAMA ON OUR HOME COURT? WHY CAN'T WE GET TO THE SWEET 16? HE HAS ONLY HAD 13 YEARS TO DO IT, WITH GIFTS (L-ROB) FALLING IN HIS LAP.

Don't give me crap that he is a great recruiter. Great recruiters have NBA lottery picks. Stansbury has had ZERO. He has never had a 1st round pick. He isn't that good of a recruiter. The SECwest is a joke in basketball. Winning a football division in C-USA has more swagger than winning the SECwest in basketball. You win a division in C-USA football, you go to a bowl & are ranked. Win the SECwest in basketball, and usually you aren't even a #1 seed in the NIT, no where close to being ranked. IT'S TIME TO BRING IN A WELL SEASONED COACH, WHO HAS A TRACK RECORD OF WINNING FOR NEXT SEASON.

He could use this talent and get us to a SWEET 16. something Rick can't do, and he has had plenty of time.... what does he want 17 years to fully put his plan in place? We got suckered in a bad contract deal, we should have let our problem/Rick go to Clemson, and we wouldn't have overweight players, fights in the stands, bad losses @ home to LSU, & not being able to go anywhere in the SECbasketball world.... which is not highly respected like our baseball & football.

The best thing for the university, the team, and all who wear MAROON, is to can him!
If you give him 1 more year, he is only going to drag on winning 20-22 games a year. That use to be impressive when there was less games on the schedule. You win 24 games as a SECwest team, and you are a bubble team. Just ask Alabama right now. STRICKLAND SIGNED A BAD DEAL WITH THE SEC ABOUT COWBELLS. NEXT HE LET DAN THE MAN HIJACK THE CHECKBOOK.... SO NOW WE OWE THE SEC OFFICE ALMOST 10% OF FINES FROM OUR BUDGET, AND WE ARE OVER SPENDING TAKING ON DEBT FOR STADIUM UPGRADES AND A 3RD IPF, AND NEW ASST COACHES CONTRACTS..... I am for most of that, but we don't have the funds to buy out Stansbury with all the above going on, since Strickland signed him to a new deal. I just want MSU to win. I am for the upgrades & keeping Dan (and coaches). I am behind Scott Strickland... right now. But I would give Dan the choice of 1 school on his buyout. I know he wants the Penn St job when JoePa leaves, but that should be the only buyout on his contract if we are going to strap ourselves in a bind financially to push football (which I am for) with a 3rd IPF, coaching asst pay, and bumping Dan's pay up more. WE NEED LEADERSHIP, not political answers. DO THE BEST FOR MSU! I am true MAROON on this get in the MAROON Friday, are you! BEAT VANDY TONIGHT! - J.H. Hopkins - Class of 2001 gthom!

katbluefan
katbluefan

If Stansbury had stayed on Sydney he would have been in shape. Sydney has a lot of good points but it seems like no one is staying after him to develope him

jv1959
jv1959

There have been so many issues with this season that have been hashed over again and again. BUT there is one thing that needs to be explained by someone. Sydney had nothing to do but get/stay in shape over the past two years. Why did the coaching staff make this happen???

jv1959
jv1959

Typo - Why DIDN'T the staff make it happen?



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