Former UCLA head coach and the 2002 Naismith Coach of the Year Ben Howland has agreed to become Mississippi State’s next head coach, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman:
Ben Howland has reached a verbal agreement to become the Mississippi State coach, sources told ESPN. He is en route to Starkville now.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 23, 2015
The hire would make the Bulldogs immediately relevant in a conference that already boasts coaches like Florida’s Billy Donovan, Auburn’s Bruce Pearl, and Kentucky’s John Calipari. Stay tuned to Today’s U for further updates on the hire.