- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Missouri State has hired Tennessee State basketball coach Dana Ford.

Tennessee State athletic director Teresa Phillips announced in a university release that Ford has accepted the Missouri State job. Missouri State will introduce Ford at a Thursday news conference.

Ford replaces Paul Lusk, who was fired after going 105-121 in seven seasons. Missouri State went 18-15 overall and 7-11 in the Missouri Valley Conference this season.

The 33-year-old Ford went 57-65 in four seasons at Tennessee State. The Tigers went 52-39 over the last three seasons after posting a 5-26 mark in Ford’s first year. Tennessee State went 15-15 this season.

Ford played for Illinois State and has been an assistant at Winthrop, Wichita State and Illinois State.


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