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MSU To Make First Outside Hire In 30 Years

Ronald Reagan was in his first year as America’s president.  That should put things in perspective.  That’s how long it’s been since Mississippi State hired an outsider to lead its basketball program.

With Rick Stansbury stepping down today — unless an assistant is promoted — MSU will be on the market for an outsider for the first time since 1981.  Back then, Bob Boyd was brought in to coach the Bulldogs after resigning from his alma mater, Southern Cal.

Boyd lasted five seasons in Starkville and posted a 58-87 record before being replaced by his assistant, MSU grad Richard Williams in 1986-87.  Williams led State to a Final Four in 1996 before stepping down in 1997-98 amid off-court controversy.  He was then replaced by his assistant, Stansbury, who has been on the job ever since.

Thirty years of basketball, three coaches, only one without a tie to State.  For the first time in a long time, it looks like there will be some new blood at MSU.

 




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