By: Rixon Lane
Former Clemson associate head coach Rick Ray was introduced as the new head basketball coach at Mississippi State today. Ray spent the past two seasons as the top assistant at Clemson before accepting job in Starkville.
Ray replaces Rick Stansbury, who retired in March after leading the Bulldogs for 14 seasons. He is expected to remain with the athletic department in some capacity. Mississippi State made the NIT this season, but fell in the first round to Massachusetts.
The 40-year-old Ray also spent time at Purdue, Northern Illinois, and Indiana State before joining the staff at Clemson. According to Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin, Ray’s contract is for four years and worth around one million dollars per season.
AUDIO: Rick Ray [18:25]