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Report: Miss. St., Kenny Payne meet

Updated: March 31, 2012, 12:50 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin met Friday with Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne, Yahoo! Sports reported Friday, citing anonymous sources.

The pair met Friday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in New Orleans, Yahoo! reported.

Mississippi State has a head-coaching vacancy after Rick Stansbury retired earlier this month.

Payne, a native of Laurel, Miss., is in his second season with Kentucky after spending six seasons as an assistant at Oregon.

On Thursday, ...

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