ATLANTA -- Former Mississippi coach Rod Barnes was hired
Monday as the basketball coach at Georgia State, which fired
Michael Perry after the team was eliminated from the Colonial
Athletic Association tournament.
Athletic director Mary McElroy said Barnes brings the
"discipline, attitudes and work habits" to win at Georgia State.
The 41-year-old Barnes was an assistant at Oklahoma this season.
He was the 2001 Naismith national coach of the year after leading
Mississippi to a school-record 27 wins and the round of 16 in the
But after earning NCAA bids in three of his first four years at
the school, Barnes was fired in 2006 following four straight losing
seasons. Barnes was 141-109 in eight years at Mississippi, his alma
"His reputation for academics and graduation for the
student-athletics also shows he understands what the college
experience is about," McElroy said. "He has been successful as
both a player and a coach and our student-athletes should benefit
from his knowledge and experience."
Perry was fired March 4. In four years, his teams went 62-75,
including an 11-20 mark this season.