Coaching Carousel Update: Mississippi State Fires Ray; Donovan Linked to NBA; Barbee Linked to Nevada, Jones Linked to Fordham
The 44-year-old Ray posted a 37-60 record in three seasons at Mississippi State, including a 13-19 overall mark and 6-12 in the SEC this season.
Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne has already surfaced on Twitter as a popular potential replacement. Payne interviewed for the job in 2012.
“After much thought and deliberation, I have made the decision to replace Rick Ray as Mississippi State’s men’s basketball coach,” AD Scott Stricklin said. “This has been a difficult decision, as I have the utmost respect for Rick, and am highly appreciative of the effort he put forth in leading our basketball program. To Rick’s credit, we have seen great strides from our student-athletes in several areas, including academics. However, the on-court results have not been satisfactory. In order for MSU to achieve success at the levels to which we aspire, I believe that a change is necessary at this time.”