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Illinois State associate head coach Dana Ford has been named Tennessee State’s new basketball coach on Monday.

The 2006 Illinois State graduate will replace Travis Williams, who was fired after a 5-25 season. This will be Ford’s first head coaching experience.

Ford joined the Redbird coaching staff prior to the 2012-13 season. Previously, he spent two years as an assistant at Tennessee State, under then head coach John Cooper. Ford also served on Wichita State’s staff under Gregg Marshall.

Saturday proved to be a bit of a confusing morning. Organ reported earlier in the day that West Virginia associate head coach Larry Harrison would accept the job, with Goodman naming Ford minutes later. Organ later said his information was incorrect.

Summer recruiting season is already underway, and Ford will need to hit the ground running to replace the team’s top scorer, Patrick Miller, and rebounder, M.J. Rhett. During his opening press conference, Ford mentioned his recruiting prowess, and how he recruited Miller and NBAer Robert Covington to Nashville.


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2017-18 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 0-0 2-0
Tennessee Tech 0-0 1-1
Murray State 0-0 1-1
Southeast Missouri* 0-0 1-1
Belmont 0-0 1-1
Eastern Kentucky 0-0 1-1
Tennessee State 0-0 1-1
Eastern Illinois 0-0 0-1
SIUE 0-0 0-1
Austin Peay 0-0 0-2
Morehead State 0-0 0-2
UT Martin 0-0 0-2

*Ineligible for postseason (APR)

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