Team preview: Mississippi State

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2009-10 season, exclusively on Insider

Updated: October 27, 2009, 10:18 AM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of Oct. 1.)

COACH AND PROGRAM

When Rick Stansbury was hired to replace outgoing Mississippi State coach Richard Williams in 1998, some wondered whether a career assistant who for 16 years had specialized in recruiting, not Xs and Os, could handle a head-coaching job in the rugged Southeastern Conference.

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