Former Mississippi State baseball coach Andy Cannizaro resigned due to revelations of an extramarital affair, according to a report from ESPN’s Ryan McGee.
During an appearance on ESPN’s Outside the Lines with Bob Ley on Thursday afternoon, McGee confirmed what had been rumored about the abrupt resignation from the Bulldogs baseball coach.
Cannizaro resigned due to an extramarital affair with a person within the Bulldogs athletic department, McGee said.
“There was an extramarital affair [involving] Andy Cannizaro with an employee within the athletic department,” McGee told Ley on Thursday. “What was created is a situation where this is a guy who was once a gold star. When you look at a handful of programs in the country, Mississippi State is where you want to be. … This is one of the great programs. They’re about to unveil a $50 million stadium renovation just next week.
“His wife is expecting her third child any day now. And when news of this hit the athletic department, that athletic department moved quickly. And, now, one the biggest up-and-coming stars in college baseball is out of a job and he’s probably blacklisted within the industry.”
You can watch McGee’s explanation here:
Will Andy Cannizaro ever coach college baseball again? pic.twitter.com/W3Ld9poOtK
— Bob Ley (@BobLeyESPN) February 22, 2018
Joel Coleman of Starkville Daily confirmed through sources that what McGee told Ley is accurate, adding that multiple sources “also say that employee is no longer employed at Mississippi State.”
Multiple sources have confirmed to SDN the ESPN report that Andy Cannizaro’s resignation revolved around an extramarital affair w/ employee in the athletic department. Multiple sources also say that employee is no longer employed at Mississippi State. MSU still hasn’t commented. https://t.co/hUihe3W6uq
— Joel Coleman (@JoelTColeman) February 22, 2018
Mississippi State has not commented on the nature of Cannizaro’s departure since making the announcement on Tuesday morning.
“I had a wonderful opportunity at Mississippi State, but unfortunately I made some poor decisions,” Cannizaro said in a release announcing his resignation on Tuesday morning. “I hope Mississippi State University and all of the fans and people affected will one day forgive me.”
The Bulldogs moved quickly to replace Cannizaro, naming pitching coach Gary Henderson as Mississippi State’s interim coach. Henderson is a former Kentucky coach.
The Bulldogs got off to a rough start under Cannizaro’s watch, dropping all three games of a weekend series at Southern Miss. Henderson led the Bulldogs to their first victory of the season on Wednesday evening, claiming a 12-1 win at Jackson State. Mississippi State next will play UC Santa Barbara on Friday.