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BREAKING NEWS: Rick Stansbury to retire as MSU men's basketball coach

 

Rick Stansbury will resign as Mississippi State men's basketball coach this afternoon.

Rick Stansbury will resign as Mississippi State men's basketball coach this afternoon. Photo by: Courtesy of MSU athletics

 

Matt Stevens

 

STARKVILLE -- Sources close Mississippi State University men's basketball program have informed The Dispatch 14-year coach Rick Stansbury will announce his retirement at a press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the Bryan Athletic Building. 

 

Those sources said this morning Stansbury, who has served at MSU as either an assistant or head coach for 22 years, was offered and accepted a retirement package through the university.  

 

Stansbury, MSU's winningest coach, compiling a 293-165 record, the ninth-most wins in Southeastern Conference history. 

 

Stansbury replaced Richard Williams, the only coach to take MSU to a Final Four, as the Bulldogs head coach on March 13, 1998. Stansbury served on Williams' staff for eight seasons as an assistant before promoted. 

 

"I won't be like Joe Paterno now I promise you that," Rick Stansbury said exclusively to The Dispatch. "However a lot of people can say you can stay at a place too long and I've never thought that way." 

 

MSU reached the postseason in 11 of Stansbury's 14 years (six NCAA Tournament; five NIT), but has never reached the Sweet 16. However the last two season were the most troublesome as they included teammates fighting each other in the stands, discipline issues and no NCAA Tournament appearances. 

 

"You know, I haven't given it any thought and I think you know this: what we've done through 14 years speaks for itself," Stansbury said after Tuesday's 101-96 double-overtime loss to the University of Massachusetts in first round of NIT. "That's all I can say about it." 

 

The release from MSU administration says public is invited to the press conference and Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin will be in attendance. 

 

 

 

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