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On hot seat, Missouri State basketball could be entering final week under Dana Ford

Missouri State men’s basketball could be entering its final week with Dana Ford as its men’s basketball coach. The school was noncommittal about his future while the school’s president referred to the 2023-24 season as “disappointing.”

Ford’s name has appeared in ESPN’s latest article breaking down coaches on the hot seat. Most articles focus on high majors but ESPN’s, written by Jeff Borzello, specifically mentioned Ford, in detail, as a noteworthy non-power coach to keep an eye on. He referred to MSU athletic director Kyle Moats’ January statement saying “we expect more” and “it is Coach Ford’s responsibility to get the players to play at a competitive level.”

It doesn’t take a national reporter to say this season hasn’t met expectations. A ninth-place finish is something Paul Lusk didn’t even do in the Missouri Valley Conference. Ford also kept most of his young roster from a year ago which is rare in this era of college basketball and he won’t be able to benefit from transfer portal or Name, Image and Likeness excuses.

Not all has been bad in Ford’s time at Missouri State. There have been some highs the program experienced in recent years that it hadn’t had since Cuonzo Martin was the head coach. But the regression over the last two seasons will lead to difficult questions that need answers over the next week.

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Missouri State Bears Head Coach Dana Ford as the Bears took on the Indiana State Sycamores at Great Southern Bank Arena on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024.

Missouri State basketball has regressed since last season and it’s not all on the Bears’ health

Missouri State President Clif Smart may be the only one who believes the Bears would have been as good as anyone in the league if the team was healthy, as he wrote in his recent blog post that was noncommittal to Ford’s future as head coach. Maybe that was laying the groundwork to bring him back, maybe not.

Even Ford, when asked about the…


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Author : Springfield News-Leader

Publish date : 2024-03-06 10:05:17

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