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Richard Williams will be back inside Mississippi State's Humphrey Coliseum this season, but in a different capacity.
The former Mississippi State coach will join Jim Ellis for the MSU radio broadcast of men's basketball games, the university announced Thursday. He will be the color analyst and replaces Bart Gregory who will be a part of the new SEC Network.
"I am looking forward to being a part of the MSU broadcast and working with the legendary voice of the Bulldogs â€“ Jim Ellis," Williams said in a school release. "I appreciate Don Williams (Bulldog Sports Properties GM) and Scott Stricklin for giving me the opportunity for being a part of Mississippi State basketball. Hopefully, I can provide our fans an insight about the game from a coach's perspective."
Williams was the head coach for the Bulldogs from 1987-98 and amassed 191 wins. He also led the Bulldogs to their only Final Four appearance in 1996.
Williams was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame earlier this summer.
Gregory has been the color analysts for the past three seasons alongside Ellis. He also worked as the women's basketball radio broadcaster previous to his men's basketball stint and was the color analysts for baseball the past three seasons.Â
"I'm extremely excited to be a part of the SEC Network's role in distributing an extraordinary amount of content of the best league in the country," Gregory said. "I'm very fortunate to have learned from two great broadcasters in Jack Cristil and Jim Ellis with the Mississippi State Radio Network, and I'm very humbled at this great opportunity."
Gregory's duties with the SEC Network will start later this month with coverage of soccer and volleyball. He will also work with men's and women's basketball this winter.Â
another watch list
MSU quarterback Dak Prescott continues to receive preseason recognition.
The junior was one of 32 quarterbacks selected to the Manning Award watch list on Thursday. The award is given to college football's top quarterback.
The Haughton, La., native was also selected to the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award watch lists earlier this summer.Â
The Manning Award winner will be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings. It is the only award that includes a player's bowl performance.