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Mississippi St hires former UCLA coach Ben Howland

 Mississippi State has hired former UCLA coach Ben Howland to lead its basketball program.

The university announced Howland's hiring on Monday night. He'll be introduced in a news conference on campus Tuesday.

The 57-year-old Howland coached at UCLA for 10 years, leading the program to three straight Final Fours from 2006 to 2008. But the Bruins never made it past the second round of the NCAA Tournament during the next five seasons and he was fired in 2013 despite winning the Pac-12.

ESPN first reported Mississippi State had hired Howland.

Howland takes over for Rick Ray, who was fired on Saturday after three losing seasons. Ray had a 37-60 overall record, including a 15-44 mark against Southeastern Conference competition.

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