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Posted: Tuesday April 13, 2010 10:45AM; Updated: Tuesday April 13, 2010 10:45AM

Mississippi State gives Stansbury four-year extension

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Rick Stansbury interviewed for the Clemson opening

Stansbury has been in Starkville 20 years, the first eight as an assistant

He's led MSU to nine 20-plus-win seasons and made six tourney appearances

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Rick Stansbury says he interviewed at Clemson but will stay as basketball coach at Mississippi State.

In return, MSU has given Stansbury at four-year extension, the maximum allowed by law.

The 50-year-old Stansbury has been in Starkville 20 years, the first eight as an assistant to Richard Williams. The native of Louisville, Ky., has led MSU to nine 20-plus-win seasons and has made six NCAA tournament appearances.

Clemson first contacted MSU Athletics Director Greg Byrne on Thursday, and Stansbury interviewed with Clemson on Saturday.

Byrne said MSU wants to get Stansbury's contract back to the four-year maximum as allowed by state law, but he did not say a raise would be included.

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