Mississippi State Basketball: Rick Stansbury Stepping Down as Head Coach

Blake SilversAnalyst IIIMarch 15, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18:  Head coach Rick Stansbury of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts during a game against the Arizona WIldcats at the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches Vs Cancer at Madison Square Garden on November 18, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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It is being reported that Rick Stansbury will be stepping down as head basketball coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.   

According to a series of tweets via Bulldawg Junction (@TheJunction), a press conference is set for 1 p.m. Thursday to address "retirement" plans for head coach Rick Stansbury from his position at MSU.  

The school is apparently in the process of working out the final details of coach Stansbury's departure from the school and possibly coaching altogether, though true intentions by either party are not yet clear.  

Stansbury has been head coach at MSU since 1998 and recently lost in double overtime in the first round of the NIT to UMass.  This coming after the Bulldogs were upset by a less-talented Georgia team in the Southeastern Conference tournament.  

Coach Stansbury has had some success during his time in Starkville, but has never been able to make it past the second round of the NCAA tournament, his last appearance coming in 2008.  

In a bit of a surprising move, details of the so-called retirement are sure to be interesting as the press conference unfolds.