Macdonald led Mississippi State to a 58-103-14 record during his nine
seasons as the Bulldog head coach. He will remain on the athletic staff through the conclusion of his contract on June 30.
His 2012 squad finished 9-10-1 – after an 8-0 start - and wrapped the season with a 3-2 win against Ole Miss to claim the Magnolia Cup. The Bulldogs did not make the SEC tourney.
“We appreciate the nine years Neil has given Mississippi State,” Stricklin said in a statement. “We just felt a change in leadership was needed.”