Report: Howland deal nearly done

Ben Howland is expected to be the Bulldogs next men's basketball coach.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Ben Howland is expected to be the Bulldogs next men’s basketball coach. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Mississippi State may fill its men’s basketball coaching vacancy in short order.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports that the Bulldogs are finalizing a deal with former UCLA coach Ben Howland and could be completed as early as today.

Rothstein cited multiple sources with one calling the deal “imminent”.

Howland has been out of coaching and working for NBC Sports the past two seasons after being fired following the Bruins Pac-12 Championship and NCAA Tournament run in 2012-13.

The 57-year old Howland sports a 399-208 record in 19 seasons as a head coach at Northern Arizona, Pittsburgh and UCLA. Howland led each of those programs to the NCAA Tournament including three consecutive Final Four appearances with the Bruins from 2006-08.

Howland guided UCLA to a runner-up finish in the 2005-06 season. He has led 10 teams to the Big Dance, won eight regular season conference championships and four conference tournament titles.

The Bulldogs fired Rick Ray on Saturday following three losing seasons. MSU has not made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2009.

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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