BATON ROUGE, La. — Mississippi State parted ways with baseball coach Andy Cannizaro on Tuesday, terminating their relationship one year and three games into his tenure.
Prior to Mississippi State, Cannizaro spent three years on the LSU baseball staff as hitting coach and recruiting coordinator working under LSU coach Paul Mainieri. A Mandeville native who played college ball at Tulane, the 39-year-old Cannizaro had no previous college coaching experience before coming to LSU.
After hearing of the news, Mainieri addressed the media with a non-reactive reaction to the situation.
“I actually had no reaction,” Mainieri said Tuesday. “That’s really a topic I would rather not even discuss. It’s unfortunate. It’s unfortunate for Andy, it’s unfortunate for his family, it’s unfortunate for Mississippi State, it’s unfortunate for college baseball. But outside of that I don’t really have anything to say about it. I was just disappointed as everybody else was to hear the news.”
LSU and Mississippi State played five times last season in Cannizaro’s only season as Mississippi State’s head coach, with LSU winning all five games. The first three wins came in the last series of the regular season in Starkville, with LSU clinching the SEC West and SEC regular season championships in enemy territory. The final two wins came in Super Regionals in Baton Rouge, with LSU punching a ticket to the College World Series, where the Tigers eventually finished as national runners-up.
LSU and Mississippi State are scheduled to meet for a three-game series in Baton Rouge from March 29-31. The first game of the series will be nationally televised on the SEC Network.
LSU returns to action on Wednesday with a midweek matchup versus in-state rival New Orleans, coached by Blake Dean, himself a protege of Mainieri’s after playing with LSU from 2007-10. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT.