I don't care if PeeWee Herman became the head coach, this MSU fan is glad Stansbury is gone. Period. I trust Stricklin will come up with a good coach, and I believe there is more than what meets the eye with these coaches "turning down" MSU.
You can now scratch another name from the list at Mississippi State. Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew withdrew his name from MSU’s consideration last night according to this report from The Jackson Clarion-Ledger. And that means State will be without Drew next season.
ESPN reported yesterday that Drew had interviewed in Atlanta for the job on Monday. This follows reports linking MSU to Murray State’s Steve Prohm… who signed an extension with the Racers just days after having his name connected to the job in Starkville.
Both Prohm and Drew have been head coaches for exactly one season. Ohio’s John Groce was also believed to be on AD Scott Stricklin’s radar, but he’s now been hired by Illinois.
That’s three mid-major coaches who’ve not been interested enough in State to make the move to Starkville. State’s roster has suffered, too, as a number of players and signees have decided to leave or ask for their release from the school. Currently there are only six returning starters on the Bulldog roster.
Wonder how State fans feel about running off Rick Stansbury now? At the time of his “retirement” (two weeks ago today) I received a number of emails asking why a big name coach wouldn’t want to take over at State. Now it seems even small-name coaches aren’t interested. And that’s leading players like Arnett Moultrie to walk toward the exit.
A few other names have been mentioned in connection with State’s opening: Mississippi Valley State head coach Sean Woods (a former Kentucky player), Oral Roberts head coach Scott Sutton, current Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne, current Kansas assistant Joe Dooley, and MSU alum Kermit Davis who is currently the head coach at MTSU.
If one of those men is hired, will he be an upgrade over Stansbury — the winningest coach in MSU basketball history? Possibly. But I wouldn’t bet on it.
The best bet for Stricklin at this point might be to chase proven program-builder Gregg Marshall from Wichita State. Problem is, he reportedly wants $2 million per year to leave Kansas, he could be on K-State’s radar now that Frank Martin has departed for South Carolina, and Marshall has not been hired by an SEC school previously despite several interviews.
Hunker down, Bulldog fans. This one’s starting to look like a bumpy, bumpy ride.