George Brooks has never been shy about praising his alma mater, and now he’ll be an integral part of its basketball program.
Brooks will be Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury’s new assistant. After 11 years as Meridian Community College head coach, Brooks resigned Tuesday to accept the MSU job.
The Meridian Star first reported Brooks’ resignation from MCC, and both Meridian and MSU confirmed he was joining the Bulldogs’ staff.
A new assistant was needed when Robert Kirby left earlier this summer for an assistant’s job at Georgetown. Kirby had been at MSU since Stansbury took over as head coach in 1998.
MCC Athletics Director Hilary Allen said Brooks was excited when the position opened up.
“He talks about Mississippi State and the Bulldogs every chance he gets,” Allen said. “I think someone coming in that has that kind of love and passion for the school, when he goes out to sell the school, it’ll be an easy sell to make.”
Brooks did not return a call seeking comment. Stansbury will not comment until all the paperwork has been completed, and the hire must still be approved by the IHL state board.
Brooks was recruited by Stansbury, then an MSU assistant, and played the post for the Bulldogs from 1992-94. Brooks was then a student assistant for Richard Williams and a member of the 1996 Final Four team in that capacity.
He left in 1997 for an assistant’s job at Meridian, and he was named head coach there two years later.
Brooks led MCC to several Miss-Lou Conference championships and numerous appearances in the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament. He’s coached 33 players who’ve wound up signing with NCAA programs, and two ex-players, Jamario Moon and Ronald “Flip” Murray, are currently in the NBA.
“He’s got a lot of contacts and puts a lot of time and effort into recruiting,” Allen said.
Brooks joins a staff that includes Phil Cunningham and another ex-Bulldog, Marcus Grant.
Meridian will immediately begin searching for a replacement, with Allen overseeing the team until a hire is made.
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