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MSU’s Ray Keeping An Eye On His School’s APR

In a Q&A session with The Jackson Clarion-Ledger’s Brandon Marcello, new Mississippi State hoops coach Rick Ray admits that the wave of defections experienced by State since Rick Stansbury’s “retirement” have him paying close attention to the program’s APR scores:

“I think it’s very important, especially with the stiffer penalties the NCAA has instituted because of the APR.  But I think (athletic director) Scott (Stricklin) is right on with the fact that we probably are going to have a hit this year.  But, once again, as far as the attrition, it’s guys that already made the decision before I even got here — like Renardo Sidney and (Arnett) Moultrie.  Those guys I had nothing to do with.

All we can do is ask those guys like Arnett and Dee (Bost) is to try to help out the university by doing what they’re supposed to do academically before they leave here.  Most of those guys have been receptive and good about it.  To me, at the end of the day, getting an education at Mississippi State helps those guys more than it helps me.”

Maybe so, but there’s no question that if all those people departing leave in good academic standing, it will help MSU avoid taking a double hit in the Academic Progress Reports.  Schools are hurt by early defections.  They’re hurt more by early defectors who don’t go to class.

As for the man he’s replacing, Ray says he’s not yet met with Stansbury.  “I haven’t had the chance to.  I’ve reached out to him a couple of times and, obviously, with my schedule I haven’t had the opportunity, but I look forward to that.”


All coaches say that.  Hardly any of them ever mean it.


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