Rick Stansbury is retiring. According to multiple sources, an official announcement is expected at 1 p.m. news conference on Thursday afternoon.
Retiring is the official term. The unofficial one is that the Mississippi Statecoach is being forced out by athletic director Scott Stricklin after a roller-coaster season that concluded with a double-overtime loss to UMass in the first round of the NIT.
Stansbury has been the head coach in Starkville for 14 years -- and compiled a 293-165 overall mark. He went to six NCAA tournaments and a handful of NIT's.
Stansbury had two years left on his deal worth about $1.3 million per season.
But the Bulldogs free-fall toward the end of this season spelled his ultimate demise. Mississippi State began the year 19-5, but finished 21-12 and lost seven of its last nine games.
Stansbury had a team this season that was certainly talented enough to make the NCAA tournament. He had a potential lottery pick in Arnett Moultrie, a senior point guard in Dee Bost, a talented freshman in Rodney Hood and the enigmatic Renardo Sidney.