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Report: SEC Basketball Coach Will Be Fired On Thursday

Mississippi State's mascot at a basketball game.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 08: The Mascot for the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the first round of the SEC Basketball Tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 8, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

SEC basketball is undergoing a major coaching transition this month. The latest development comes from Mississippi State University.

The Bulldogs are reportedly parting ways with head men's basketball coach Ben Howland. The move should be made official by the end of the day.

The Mississippi State men's basketball team won 18 games compared to 16 losses this season. The Bulldogs were 8-10 in SEC play.

The SEC basketball program will be hiring a new head coach in the offseason, per college sports insider Pete Thamel.

"Sources: Mississippi State officials plan to part ways with basketball coach Ben Howland today," Thamel tweeted.

Trusted college basketball insider Jon Rothstein is reporting the same. Ben Howland is out.

"Mississippi State has officially parted ways with Ben Howland, a source confirmed," Rothstein wrote.

The Bulldogs went to the Big Dance just once in seven years with Howland at the helm. It was time for a change.

Mississippi State is just one of several SEC basketball programs making a change at head coach this year. Most notably, the LSU Tigers parted ways with head coach Will Wade due to recruiting violations. Mike White, meanwhile, left Florida for Georgia.

Who should Mississippi State try and hire this offseason?