PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Having sat out the last two years following his firing at UCLA, former Pitt men’s basketball head coach Ben Howland has found himself a new home.

As Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports writes, a deal between Howland and Mississippi State is “imminent.”

During his run at UCLA, Howland led the Bruins to three straight Final Four appearances from 2006-08. At UCLA, Howland had an overall record of 233-107 over 10 seasons.

During his time at Pitt, Howland got the program back on the college hoops map and put together a record of 89-40 before leaving for UCLA and turning the program over to Jamie Dixon.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs become the fourth school for Howland after having started his head coaching career at Norther Arizona back in 1994.

Howland is replacing recently fired Bulldogs coach Rick Ray who went 37-60, 13-41 in the SEC over three seasons.

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