Mississippi State basketball vs. South Carolina Gamecocks. Photo: Ausitn Perryman/Mississippi State Athletics.

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


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:


“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.

Let’s do some good

  • Who? Compassion International
  • What do they do? Through partnering with local churches and communities across the globe, Compassion International is able to make an impact and help elevate children out of poverty. Their goal is to “release children from poverty,” provide opportunities for education, and to teach communities about Jesus.
  • How can I learn more about them? Check out Compassion International’s about page by clicking here.
  • Are they on social media? Visit Compassion International’s TwitterInstagram, and Facebook accounts.

To learn more about The Underdog Tribune’s efforts to do some good, click here. Now back to your regularly scheduled blog programming…

For more independent Mississippi State news and commentary, follow The Underdog Tribune on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Ethan Lee on Facebook and Twitter.







One response to “Mississippi State basketball bids farewell to Ben Howland”

  1. Mississippi State basketball fans react to Ben Howland news – The Underdog Tribune Avatar

    […] Mississippi State Bulldogs need a new men’s basketball coach. Mississippi State basketball has decided to bid farewell to Ben Howland and is now looking for a new leader to guide this program […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: