However, maybe they should consider these facts the next time they make their list:
The seven seasons of 20 or more wins take on even more significance when you consider that in the entire history of the Southeastern Conference only seven other SEC coaches have achieved more than seven 20 or more win seasons in their entire careers. And three of those were coaches at traditional power Kentucky.
Four SEC West titles in the last six years. When you add the SEC East titles to the mix, Rick Stansbury-led teams come in first place among all SEC schools. Let me write that another way - during the last six seasons, no other school in the SEC has won as many titles as our very own Mississippi State. The closet is Kentucky with three Eastern Division titles.
Five NCAA Tournament appearances in the last eight seasons. Only two other SEC schools have appeared in the NCAA Tournament more times during that same period - Florida 8 of 8 and Kentucky either 8 of 8 or 7 of 8. (I'm assuming Florida will make the tournament this year, while Kentucky is on the bubble.)
Rick Stansbury-lead teams, in the last six season, have averaged 22+ wins per year. Only Florida and Kentucky have averaged more victories per season during the same time span.
No other Western Division team has more SEC West opponent victories than Rick Stansbury-led teams' 63.
While he's considered an excellent recruiter - in fact, many folks say he does what he does based on being an excellent recruiter, not because he's a good on-the-court coach - he's had all the above-mentioned success without having a single first round NBA draft choice during his 10-year career at State. Oh, he's recruited that kind of talent during his time as head coach at State, but they have always signed out of high school and bypassed college. With the new NBA rule in effect that stops high schoolers from jumping directly to the NBA, think how good his future teams will be with the addition of those future 1st rounders that he will sign, and, more importantly, have for at least one year.
Maybe the more astute national media members will take the time to look at these facts and recognize that Mississippi State basketball has one heck of a head coach in Rick Stansbury.