Mississippi State

Report: Mississippi State to fire head baseball coach

Mississippi State coach Andy Cannizaro questions a move by Southern Miss during the eighth inning of their game at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg on Friday.
Mississippi State coach Andy Cannizaro questions a move by Southern Miss during the eighth inning of their game at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg on Friday. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

Andy Cannizaro’s status as a top young head coach in college baseball has come to an end in short order.

Mississippi State will fire Cannizaro Tuesday morning just three games into his second season on the job, according to a report by David Murray of 247sports.com.

Pitching coach Gary Henderson, who spent eight seasons as the head coach at Kentucky, is expected to replace him on an interim basis, according to the report.

The reason for his termination is unclear.

Cannizaro, who previously served as an assistant at LSU, was hired by MSU in November of 2016. He replaced John Cohen, who was promoted to MSU athletic director.

Southern Miss swept Mississippi State to begin the 2018 season in a three-game series in Hattiesburg.

Cannizaro had a promising start to his time at MSU in 2017 when he led an injury-plagued squad past USM in the Hattiesburg Regional to earn a spot in the Super Regional at LSU. The Bulldogs finished 40-27 and went 17-13 in league play.

Cannizaro is a former Tulane baseball star who had stints with the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.

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