Saturday, March 21, 2015

Mississippi State Fires Head Coach Rick Ray

Mississippi State has fired head coach Rick Ray following his third season at the helm.

The Bulldogs were 13-19 overall and 6-12 in the Southeastern Conference this season.

MSU put out the following statement:

Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin released the following statement on Bulldog men's basketball Saturday:

"After much thought and deliberation, I have made the decision to replace Rick Ray as Mississippi State's men's basketball coach. This has been a difficult decision, as I have the utmost respect for Rick, and am highly appreciative of the effort he put forth in leading our basketball program. To Rick's credit, we have seen great strides from our student-athletes in several areas, including academics. However, the on-court results have not been satisfactory. In order for MSU to achieve success at the levels to which we aspire, I believe that a change is necessary at this time."

"Men's basketball is important to Mississippi State University, and history illustrates that we can compete for championships on a consistent basis. MSU has won six SEC championships, in four different decades, under three different coaches. We have seen the Bulldogs play in the sport's final weekend, and I firmly believe there are more achievements like those in our future."

"The search for a new head coach begins immediately, and I'm confident we will identify someone who wants to be a part of the winning culture that is occurring at Mississippi State University."

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