Ray talks Gators

Rick Ray went 0-2 against Florida last season. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Rick Ray went 0-2 against Florida last season. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Mississippi State’s Rick Ray joined the rest of the Southeastern Conference coaches for a weekly teleconference.

Here is a transcript of the call…

Opening statement:

Ray: “We continue to do what we do splitting our games. We’ve split our last few games at home and on the road. We’ve got to find a way to become a competitive ball club on the road. Now we’ve got to come lick our wounds against the best team in the SEC and get prepared for Florida.”

The next win at Humphrey Coliseum will be the 400th, can you talk about that?

Ray: “I think the Hump means a lot to the fan base here at Mississippi State. It’s a place where fans and our program can come and enjoy Mississippi State basketball. I think 400 is a significant number and it shows the success that Mississippi State has had with its tradition.”

What’s different about your team at home versus away from home?

Ray: “That’s a great question and I wish I could put my thumb on it. I don’t know the answer to that for sure. I think the one thing that ends up happening for us is we don’t have the defensive intensity that we need on the road. There’s an old adage that defense travels. We’ve had our problems on the offensive end on the road and have had those at home too. But I think when it’s all said and done we don’t have the same defensive intensity as far as grinding and finding a way to get stops on the road like we do at home.”

What were the responses like from Andy Kennedy and Marshall Henderson regarding the apology from the incident the other day?

Ray: “Both of those guys were really gracious and appreciated the fact that I reached out to them.”

Do you consider the incident over or will there be any ramifications?

Ray: “No, it’s over with.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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