Liberty rehiring Ritchie McKay

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Liberty rehiring Ritchie McKay

Virginia assistant Ritchie McKay has reached an agreement in principle to return as Liberty's next head coach, a source told on Wednesday.

A formal announcement is expected in the next 24 hours.

This will be McKay's second time as Liberty's head coach. The 49-year-old led the Flames from 2007 to 2009 and finished 23-12 in his second season at the school. He then decided to resign that position to join Tony Bennett's staff at Virginia as the associate head coach.

McKay was previously the head coach at, among other places, New Mexico.

He led the Lobos to the NCAA Tournament in 2005.

He was the 2005 MWC Coach of the Year.

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for and college basketball insider for the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts an award-winning radio show in Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two sons and two dogs.
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