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Louisville assistant Sam Purcell hired as Mississippi State coach

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Mississippi State interim basketball coach Doug Novak talks with guard Anastasia Hayes (0) during the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament game against Kentucky in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday, March 3, 2022.Miss St Ky Sec
Mississippi State interim basketball coach Doug Novak talks with guard Anastasia Hayes (0) during the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament game against Kentucky in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday, March 3, 2022.Miss St Ky Sec

Sam Purcell, an assistant coach at Louisville the past nine seasons, was hired Saturday as the women’s head basketball coach at Mississippi State.

The school said in a news release that Purcell would coach Louisville through the postseason, as the Cardinals are projected to be a top seed in the Wichita Region.

Purcell will replace interim coach Doug Novak with the Bulldogs. The team’s previous head coach, Nikki McCray-Penson, stepped down in October 2021 for health reasons after only one season with the team.

Mississippi State is 15-14 this season — 6-10 in the Southeastern Conference — after losing to Kentucky on Thursday in the second round of the SEC tournament.

The Bulldogs have never won a national title in women’s basketball but finished as runner-up twice — in 2017 to South Carolina and the following year to Notre Dame.

–Field Level Media