April 2, 2012

A new 'Ray' of hope at MSU

Mississippi State's 19th head coach has arrived in Starkville and is already hard at work.

Former Clemson associate head coach Rick Ray was formally named the Bulldogs new men's basketball coach Monday morning at a press conference inside Humphrey Coliseum.

"We will be successful," Ray said. "I don't know how to lose. The only thing I've ever done is win ball games. I don't care if you are an assistant coach or associate head coach, if you're from a winning program you know how to win. That's one thing we are going to do and I think the guys on the team are looking forward to that."

Ray comes to MSU after two seasons at Clemson and spent 2006-10 working as an assistant coach at Purdue. During his tenure at those programs he went to the NCAA Tournament six times including two Sweet 16 appearances.

"Rick is ready to be a head coach," said MSU director of athletics Scott Stricklin. "He's highly intelligent, organized, has a vision for leading a program and a skill set that will enable him to build off the success our program has enjoyed in the past. In short, he has that 'it' factor that all successful coaches have."

The Kansas City native arrived at MSU Sunday night and met with the remaining members of his current team and spoken with the Bulldog signees as well.



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