Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury is working with the university on a retirement package, BulldawgJunction.com is reporting. A source tells me that this is Stansbury's decision.
A press conference will be held at 1 p.m. today with Stansbury and athletics director Scott Stricklin at the Bryan Building. The public is invited to attend. This is as close as we'll get to an official confirmation for right now.
Stansbury has been head coach at MSU for 14 seasons, compiling a record of 293-166. He's the winningest coach in school history and led State to six NCAA tournament appearances, never advancing past the second round. The Bulldogs also made five NIT appearances. The most recent NIT bid was this year, when MSU lost to UMass in the first round on Tuesday, 101-96 in double-overtime.
MSU finished the season 21-12, well below expectations for a squad that had two players – Dee Bost and Arnett Moultrie – earn first-team All-SEC honors. Fan dissatisfaction has been very evident.
Stricklin has rebuffed all attempts this week to talk about Stansbury's job status.
Stansbury has been at State a total of 22 years, serving as an assistant from 1990-98 under Richard Williams.