Ray hired at Southeast Missouri State

Rick Ray was hired by Southeast Missouri State on Monday.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Rick Ray was hired by Southeast Missouri State on Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Former Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Ray was not out of a job long.

Three weeks after being fired by the Bulldogs, Ray was hired by Southeast Missouri State on Monday afternoon.

Ray went 37-60 during his three seasons at MSU including a 13-41 mark inside Southeastern Conference play.

It will be Ray’s second head coaching job after stints as an assistant at Indiana State, Northern Illinois, Purdue and Clemson. He signed a four-year contract through 2019 with a base salary of $175,000 plus a $20,000 annuity.

The 44-year oldĀ made $1 million annually at MSU.

Ray replaces Dickey Nutt, who was fired after six seasons with the Redhawks. Southeast Missouri went 13-17 last season and was eliminated in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

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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