Western Kentucky hired Rick Stansbury today and it is a significant blow to Texas A&M.
Former Mississippi State Head Coach and Texas A&M Associate Head Coach Rick Stansbury accepted the Western Kentucky Head Coaching post today. Western Kentucky landing the experienced and successful Stansbury is a major coup for a program that has been inconsistent over the years. The Kentucky native, Stansbury returns back to his home state to coach for Western Kentucky. Stansbury’s dream was to coach at Kentucky, but coaching at Western Kentucky should not seem too bad for a coach that made a series of decisions that imploded Mississippi State’s Basketball program. Of course, Mississippi State University Athletic Director hired Rick Ray in what is considered one of the most head-scratching hires of the 2012 Offseason along with Virginia Tech’s late decision to fire Seth Greenberg and hire his assistant James Johnson to replace him.
With Stansbury no longer on the Texas A&M bench to help Billy Kennedy, this is a significant blow to a team that is also losing a significant amount of experienced talent as well. Stansbury is an asset as a coach, talent evaluator and recruiter. Texas A&M’s strong 2015 Class has the imprint of Stansbury on it. Texas A&M’s excellent ball movement on offense is a staple of Stansbury coached teams. Texas A&M tended to play a grinder style prior to this season. Texas A&M had their best season in offensive efficiency and defensive efficiency this season. Texas A&M and Kentucky faced each other like it was the early 2000s when Rick Stansbury’s Mississippi State Bulldogs would face off against Tubby Smith’s Wildcats.
Texas A&M has quality talent next season, but not enough of it now. Throw in the loss of Stansbury and Billy Kennedy’s five year extension must make him feel pretty good. Before and after Stansbury, Texas A&M may once again return to their old ways and find themselves back to the middle of the pack in the conference.
Take a look at this scholarship depth chart and cringe.
Expect the Aggies to be very active on the graduate transfer market, they need to fill up spots desperately. Texas A&M appears to have peaked this season and without Stansbury and depth, next season could be a step down in College Station.