Ben Howland is in his second season as Mississippi State’s head basketball coach, and he’ll stick around for a third if his comments Monday are any indication.
Howland’s name has been popular in connection with the new coaching vacancy at N.C. State. But when asked about the opening, Howland denied having any interest in the job.
asked Howland about NC State job. he said he's not going anywhere
— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) February 20, 2017
Ben Howland on being listed as a candidate at NC State: I’m not going through the pain of building to go build again.
— Joel Coleman (@JoelTColeman) February 20, 2017
N.C. State fired Mark Gottfried last week. Gottfried is expected to coach the Wolfpack through the end of the season. N.C. State is 14-14 overall but 3-12 in ACC play.
The Bulldogs are 14-12 (5-9 SEC) under Howland this season and sit at No. 12 in the conference. Howland is 28-29 overall in Starkville. Before joining the Bulldogs, he coached at UCLA from 2003 to 2013.