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Acknowledging ‘poor decisions,’ Mississippi State’s baseball coach resigns immediately

Mississippi State head baseball coach Andy Cannizaro is reportedly out as the Bulldogs’ head coach.
Mississippi State head baseball coach Andy Cannizaro is reportedly out as the Bulldogs’ head coach. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

Acknowledging that he has made “poor decisions,” Andy Cannizaro’s time as the Mississippi State head baseball coach has come to a quick end.

MSU announced Tuesday that Cannizaro has resigned effective immediately just three games into his second season as head coach.

The press release did not give a reason for his departure.

“Earlier this morning, I accepted Andy Cannizaro’s resignation as the head baseball coach at Mississippi State,” MSU athletic director John Cohen said in a press release.

Cannizaro was 40-30 during his time as the MSU head coach. The Bulldogs were 40-27 in his first year on the job, including a Hattiesburg Regional title.

“I had a wonderful opportunity at Mississippi State, but unfortunately I made some poor decisions,” Cannizaro said in his statement. “I hope Mississippi State University and all of the fans and people affected will one day forgive me.”

Pitching coach Gary Henderson, who spent eight years as the head coach at Kentucky from 2009-16, will serve as the interim head coach. Henderson had a record of 258-199 at Kentucky and led the Wildcats to two postseason bids.

“While the circumstances are difficult, we are fortunate to have a coach of Gary Henderson’s caliber to assume leadership of the program on an interim basis during our transition,” Cohen said.

Henderson was named the 2012 SEC Coach of the Year at Kentucky after leading the team to a record of 45-18.

“Although I have taken this position under some unfortunate circumstances, I have been with this team for two years,” Henderson said in the press release. “We have great student-athletes and a tremendous staff who proudly represent our tradition-rich program. We will move forward, focusing on the things we can control and give Mississippi State fans a team they can be proud of.”

Mississippi State is 0-3 after being swept in the season’s opening series at Southern Miss this past weekend. The Bulldogs will travel to Jackson State for a 6 p.m. game on Wednesday.

Andy Cannizaro’s team lost 11-0 to Southern Miss in the series opener.

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee

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