October 13, 2009 10:44:00 AM
STARKVILLE -- It appears Mississippi State Athletic Director Greg Byrne will get what he wanted this week for men''s basketball coach Rick Stansbury.
Stansbury, MSU''s all-time winningest coach with 231 victories, was approved for a raise from $225,000 to $235,000 last month, but Byrne wanted to see the contract extended for one year so it would stay at four years. Four years is the most allowed by state law.
That extension is expected to be approved when the State College Board meets in Lorman.
"We felt that was important to do to show that commitment to him and the men''s basketball program," Byrne said last month.
Stansbury, who will be under contract until 2013, begins his 12th season when the Bulldogs open against Rider on Nov. 13.
MSU will open preseason practice Friday.