Mississippi State Bulldogs, Ben Howland A Perfect Match

By Trevor Lowry
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The Mississippi State Bulldogs are in need of a serious makeover, and it all starts at head coach. Luckily, the team is finalizing a deal with one of the better coaches on the market.

Ben Howland‘s last coaching job was with the UCLA Bruins. He saw quite a bit of success with the program as well. After all, he did coach them to three Final Fours in a row at one point. The Bruins are all about winning, though, so apparently three Final Fours wasn’t quite meeting expectations.

Mississippi State is coming off a 13-19 record. The Bulldogs didn’t see much success in SEC play either — finished 6-12 on the season.

Needless to say, Howland will have way less pressure to succeed at Mississippi State, and he will also get to coach in a power five conference — two huge pluses.

Although the Kentucky Wildcats and Florida Gators (except for this year) tend to dominate the conference on a yearly basis, the SEC is wide open after that. Translation: With one or two good recruiting classes, Howland could have this program rocking. Stay tuned for that one, though.

Regardless, the Bulldogs are getting a notable name. And a man who has coached on the biggest stage.

This is a perfect match and hopefully it is only a couple of years or so before Howland has himself a contender at Mississippi State. With that said, a bunch of work needs to be done first.

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