Rick Stansbury
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"Richard Lee Stansbury", known as "Rick Stansbury", is the former head men's basketball coach at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi/Starkville, Mississippi, a position which he held from March 13, 1998, until March 15, 2012. He is now the men's basketball assistant coach under Coach Billy Kennedy (basketball)/Billy Kennedy at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas/College Station, Texas.

Stansbury was the MSU Bulldogs' 18th head basketball coach. In 1998, he replaced his mentor, Richard Williams (basketball coach)/Richard Williams, who was then Mississippi State's all-time most successful basketball coach. During the 2007-2008 season, Stansbury passed Williams as the all-time most successful basketball coach at Mississippi State, with 192 wins. Stansbury retired with 293 wins, ranking 9th in the history of the SEC.

Stansbury played high school basketball for Meade County High School in Brandenburg, Kentucky/Brandenburg, Kentucky, from which he graduated in 1977. From 1977-1981, he played college ball at Campbellsville College (now Campbellsville University) in Campbellsville, Kentucky/Campbellsville, Kentucky. He led the team to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics/NAIA Tournament in his senior season.

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That was huge. Richard had a little bit of his swagger back tonight.

I'm awful proud of that win, especially because of the effort. I thought it was our ability to defend. I thought we took it up a notch (in) that second half.

I thought our kids came out the second half and played at that other energy level. We made a lot of plays for Charles Rhodes.

We jumped out on a 16-0 run, but I thought it was our ability to defend, too. We turned it up a notch defensively in the second half.

It's much easier at home to be able to find that poise that you have to play with. On the road, it has to be something from within to keep that composure and toughness. At home, you have a much better chance of recovering from a deficit.

I doubt he plays again this season, with a groin muscle and pneumonia.

We took it to them a little bit. We turned it up a notch defensively.

Georgia plays hard and has a lot of perimeter depth. They have a lot of big bodies on the inside, and they've been in most games everywhere they've played.

Lawrence has a chance to be the national player of the year, and with that comes another degree of responsibility. He's not naturally a vocal guy. He has to step up and become a vocal leader, and lead by example every day.