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Mississippi State basketball bids farewell to Ben Howland

It’s officially time to find a new coach for the Mississippi State men’s basketball program.

Ben Howland is apparently out as the head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The man who helped get the Mississippi State men’s basketball program back into the NCAA Tournament in his fourth season will no longer be the head coach in Starkville following his seventh season with the Bulldogs.

While rumors and reports had been circulating for a while, Mississippi State made the news official Thursday afternoon.

The Bulldogs are officially parting ways with Howland.

Mississippi State basketball splits with Ben Howland, Bulldogs to search for new head coach

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In the news release, John Cohen, Mississippi State’s athletics director, thanked Howland for what he was able to do for the Bulldogs during his time in Starkville.

In part, Cohen noted how Howland was able to get the Bulldogs turned around and “left [the] program better than he found it.”

Howland is one of just four coaches to guide the Bulldogs into the NCAA Tournament. Early on during Howland’s time in Starkville, Mississippi State showed plenty of promise and potential. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs plateaued and never reached their full potential.

Howland finished up in Starkville with an overall record of 134–98 (.578) and an SEC record of 59–67 (.468) as the head coach of the Bulldogs. As a whole, Howland’s record sits at 533–306 (.635).

Read Cohen’s statement from the press release:

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“We are appreciative of the time and effort Coach Howland devoted in leading our men’s basketball program. We thank him for his investment in the lives of our student-athletes and pouring his heart and soul into our program from the day he arrived in Starkville. There’s no question he left our program better than he found it. MSU owes a debt of gratitude to Coach Howland, and we have the utmost respect for him as a coach and person. Coach Howland is one of the best basketball minds in the country and a future College Basketball Hall of Famer. He and his wife Kim have been tremendous ambassadors to Mississippi State and the Starkville community during their seven years here. On behalf of the entire Mississippi State Family, we wish them the absolute best.”

John Cohen, MSU Announces Change In Leadership Of Its Men’s Basketball Program

It is not entirely clear what’s next for Howland or who the Bulldogs will hire next, though a coaching search is apparently underway and Mississippi State should be able to hire someone who can continue building the men’s basketball program.

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