Mississippi State basketball coach Chris Jans talks roster, staff

STARKVILLE – Chris Jans sits with coffee in a paper cup atop an SEC coaster to his left. The shelves surrounding are still barren except for a couple basketballs, coffee mugs and the traditional cowbell.

The new Mississippi State men’s basketball coach has taken over the room previously held by Ben Howland, and in the rush of getting a roster and staff together, decorating the office hasn’t become a priority.

The same goes for assistant James Miller next door who has added photos of family, friends and former players but still has the remnants of the previous tenants in place. Two large team photos from the Howland tenure overlook his desk. Cowbells he inherited flood his workspace.

Assistant David Anwar sits in the office nearest the entrance – only a laptop in front of him with empty shelves surrounding.

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