SEMO hires Rick Ray

Former Mississippi State coach Rick Ray has reached an agreement in principle to become the next head coach at Southeast Missouri State, a source told CBSSports.com on Monday.

A formal announcement is expected soon.

Ray spent the past three seasons at Mississippi State, where he inherited a total rebuilding project that he improved, on some level, in every season before being fired last month so that the school could hire Ben Howland. The 44-year-old was previously an assistant at Indiana State, Northern Illinois, Purdue and Clemson. He's replacing Dickey Nutt.

Former Mississippi State coach Rick Ray has landed at SEMO. (USATSI)
Former Mississippi State coach Rick Ray has landed at SEMO. (USATSI)

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