Williams joins MSU Radio Network, Gregory to SEC Network

Richard Williams joins Jim Ellis to broadcast MSU men's basketball.  (AP File Photo)

Richard Williams joins Jim Ellis to broadcast MSU men’s basketball. (AP File Photo)

Mississippi State’s basketball radio broadcast team will have a different but familiar voice this season.

Jim Ellis will be back for his 32nd season behind the microphone but his new broadcast partner will be former head coach Richard Williams.

Williams spent 12 seasons in Starkville at the helm of the Bulldogs and leading them to the Final Four in 1996. Williams compiled a 191-163 record at MSU from 1987-98.

“I am looking forward to being a part of the MSU broadcast and working with the legendary voice of the Bulldogs, Jim Ellis,” Williams said in a release . “I appreciate Don Williams and Scott Stricklin for giving me the opportunity for being a part of Mississippi State basketball. Hopefully, I can provide for our fans an insight about the game from a coach’s perspective.”

Williams has called several Bulldogs basketball games on television in recent years. He replaces Bart Gregory, who is transitioning to a new position with the SEC Network.

Gregory has called MSU men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and hosted pre and postgame shows for football since returning to his alma mater 2001.

The Nanih Waiya native begins his new post later this month and will have coverage of soccer, volleyball as well as men’s and women’s hoops later this semester.

“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the SEC Network’s role in distributing an extraordinary amount of content of the best league in the country,” Gregory said in a release.  “I’m very fortunate to have learned from two great broadcasters in Jack Cristil and Jim Ellis with the Mississippi State Radio Network, and I’m very humbled at this great opportunity.”

The SEC Network launches at 5 p.m. today.

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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