Mississippi State fires Rick Ray after 3 seasons

Mississippi State fires Rick Ray after 3 seasons

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State has fired basketball coach Rick Ray after three losing seasons.

The school released a statement announcing the decision on Saturday. Ray had a 37-60 record over three seasons, including a 15-44 mark against Southeastern Conference competition.

Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said in the statement that firing Ray was 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."

Stricklin acknowledged Ray was doing a good job in several off-the-court areas, but progress on the court "has not been satisfactory."

Ray took over for longtime coach Rick Stansbury, but struggled from the outset. The Bulldogs just finished a 13-19 season, which included a 6-12 mark in the SEC.

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