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Said most coaches cant stay around to make people mad at them but joked he has been around long enough to make everybody mad at him.
Thanking his assistants now.
Said Coach Akins is the best in the business and said has a harder job than Stans does.
THanking all of his players now and said u dont win without players. Said he takes pride and seeing some good people in those players and said he tried to change a lot of lives - some u can and some u cant - and said he never quit trying cause that is his job. Said got some good young kids on this team coming back and coming in, Said Rodney Hood and Jalen Steele great kid. Said whoever Stricklin hires for the fans to get behind that person and said Stans will be behind the new coach 100 percent.
Said Stricklin will get a better coach than him but said Stricklin wont find another coach's wife that is a better cheerleader than his is.
Said again this is where he wants to raise his children here and what he wants to do.
Thanking the media now and appreciate the way we have been.
Now for questions, if make the NCAAT, would he had stepped down now. He said it isnt about being tired and said it is really about this stage of my life about his kids and seeing them more.
Said when guys stay too long, it ends negative and doesnt want to do that and wants to go out with people still showing up at his press conference. Said that was a huge part of it and him and his family are 100 percent at peace.
Said him and Scott both agreed things didnt like about the season. Said goal every year to compete for championships and said him and Scott went separate ways after talking yesterday and said Scott helped him with some things. Scott told him while thinking about it, that he wants Stans to be part of this university. Then able ot reach an understanding today about everything else. Said it was tougher on Scott than himself.
Strickland said conversation yesterday more about where Stans' mind was with what he wanted to do and where his heart was. Scott said a good thing Stans had options and respects a guy who leads by actions.
Scott said MSU owes Rick and Meo a big Thank You.
WOW! awesome press conference.....
so glad he has handled this with class, nothing but admiration for him.
scott said doesnt know what role Stans will have with MSU but said nobody ever is better than building relationships than Stans and MSU better find a way to maximize that trait with Stans.
Said he didnt go to Clemson 2years ago cause of the people at MSU.
Last time had to talk to other coaches when thinking of leaving for Clemson but didnt this time. Said knew where his heart was and knew what he wanted to do.
Said his kids are in an adjustment and joked be different with dad at home now.
Said he doesnt wont to coach again and doesnt know if that will change down the road.
Said nothing changed at end of the season as far as him not worried about his job security. He said he is comfortable with his decision to step away.
Said he talked to some of his players this morning and waiting to talk to others.
Said he doesnt know what will happen when preseason practice rolls around next year and how he will react.
Said he takes blame for the bad season and said coach is always responsible and wont throw any player under the bus. Said when they've won that the players should get all the credit.
Said he leaves with no regrets.
Said he is glad the expectations are so high for MSU hoops now and that he never ran from expectations and is so glad program is still that way.
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