President Keenum statement on Stansbury retirement

March 15, 2012

Statement from MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum on the retirement of Head Men's Basketball Coach Rick Stansbury:

Over the past 22 years, Coach Rick Stansbury has elevated our basketball program, and he and Meo have represented our university in an exemplary way. Rick's status as MSU's all-time winningest and longest tenured basketball coach assures his abiding place in the university's history and we will be forever grateful for our association with them. We share the respect and esteem that our fans and alumni hold for the Stansbury family and what they've accomplished here.

We likewise respect Rick's heartfelt decision after three successful decades of college coaching to retire and to be able to enjoy more time with his family.

In light of that decision, our plan is to build on the solid foundation Coach Stansbury leaves behind at MSU. We will chart a new course that will bring renewed energy and create opportunities for our basketball team to succeed at the highest level. I look forward to working with Scott Stricklin to find a passionate, enthusiastic coach to meet that challenge.