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Stansbury: ‘My Decision’ To Step Down At Mississippi State

Rick Stansbury said Thursday it was his decision to step down as Mississippi State’s basketball coach after 14 seasons at the helm.

Stansbury said he met with athletic director Scott Stricklin on Wednesday morning before making the decision.

“We both agreed to this,” Stansbury said, according to Brad Locke of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Stansbury, who is married and the father of three children, said the opportunity to spend more time with his family was a factor in his decision.

“It’s time in my life to start a new chapter, to step away from coaching,” Stansbury said. “I’m ready for it.”

Stricklin has to be ready to find a new basketball coach at Mississippi State.

“He’ll get a coach better than me,” Stansbury said.

That will be easier said than done. Stansbury’s tenure at Mississippi State was largely successful. He compiled a 293-165 record in 14 years and took the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament six times.

Of course, Mississippi State’s late-season collapse kept the Bulldogs from reaching the NCAA tournament for a seventh time under Stansbury. He accepted blame for that disappointment.

“I’m not throwing anybody under the bus,” Stansbury said. “Any time a team is not successful, the coach is responsible.”

Stansbury is responsible for plenty of success, too.



Stan did a great job at state and its sad to see him leave msu. Stans got lot of heat from fans this year. fans need to understand that we cannot win all time. State has won the west like 6 times under him along with sec tourneys titles and sec title 2004. i just hope state hire the right guy to fit the dawgs basketball program. Great job stans and wish u best in the future.


feels a little forced if you look at what he said after the nit game, didn't sound like a guy on the brink of retiring. thanks and good luck to him, hope we don't regret it later


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