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Ray plans quick turnaround

STARKVILLE, Miss. — New Mississippi State coach Rick Ray doesn't sound like a man ready for a long rebuilding.

"We will be successful," Ray said. "I don't know how to lose. All I have known is winning my whole life."

Ray was introduced as the Bulldogs' coach on Monday at Humphrey Coliseum after a nearly three-week search. He promised to bring a hard-nosed approach to a program that has struggled with discipline.

Ray, 40, spent the past two years as the top assistant at Clemson. He has also spent time as an assistant coach at Purdue, Northern Illinois and Indiana State.

Ray touted his experience at hard-nosed programs, especially Purdue and Indiana State, as an indicator of how the Bulldogs' program would be run.

"The system we will run is based on integrity," Ray said. "I believe you win by doing things the right way. I want to make sure we put a team on this court that you guys are proud of."

BOBCATS PICK COACH: Ohio University plans to introduce Jim Christian as its coach today, hoping he can build on the program's best NCAA Tournament showing in 48 years. The TCU coach would return to the Mid-American Conference, where he led Kent State to six straight 20-win seasons from 2002-08.

CANISIUS: Jim Baron signed a five-year contract to be coach a month after he was fired after 11 years at Rhode Island.

CENTRAL MICH.: Keno Davis, fired in March at Providence, will be introduced as coach today, replacing Ernie Zeigler.

N. CAROLINA: Kendall Marshall won the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard.

TEXAS: Guard J'Covan Brown, the Big 12 scoring leader, said he will skip his senior season and enter the NBA draft.

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