After the opening weekend of the college baseball season, Mississippi State will fire baseball coach Andy Cannizaro on Tuesday morning, according to a report from 247Sports’ David H. Murray.
Cannizaro reportedly will be fired for cause. Murray reports that “university officials have yet to state on record what said cause is.” The school is expected to make an official announcement on Tuesday morning.
Cannizaro is in his second year at Mississippi State and took the Bulldogs to a Super Regional in 2017. Mississippi State did not get off to a good start in 2018, however, as the Bulldogs were swept in the opening weekend by Southern Miss, a team they beat in NCAA Tournament a season ago. In his first year at Mississippi State, Cannizaro led the team to a 40-27 record and went 17-13 in the ultra-competitive SEC. This was his first head-coaching job in college baseball.
Cannizaro replaced John Cohen, who is now the school’s athletic director. Cohen replaced Scott Stricklin, who had left to take the same position at Florida. Prior to his time at Mississippi State, Cannizaro had been an assistant at LSU from 2014-16, where he was the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. Mississippi State’s season came to an end last season at the hands of LSU. He also had worked as a scout for the New York Yankees from 2009 until he was hired by LSU.
In the season prior to Cannizaro’s arrival, Mississippi State went 44-18-1, with its season also ending with a loss in the Super Regionals.
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Before the season-opening sweep by Southern Miss, the Bulldogs began the season ranked No. 12 but dropped to No. 21 in the second set of rankings. The Bulldogs were one of eight SEC teams ranked in the D1Baseball Top 25 poll.
Mississippi State returns to action on Wednesday, when it takes on Jackson State in Jackson, Miss. After that, the Bulldogs travel to Corpus Christi, Texas, to take part in the Kleberg Bank College Classic, where they will play UC-Santa Barbara, Nicholls State and Texas A&M Corpus-Christi. The team begins SEC play on March 16, when it takes on Vanderbilt.