Mississippi State head baseball coach Andy Cannizaro resigns

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Mississippi State University announced Tuesday morning that head baseball coach and Mandeville native Andy Cannizaro has resigned.

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

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

Reports first surfaced late Monday that the university and Cannizaro would part ways. The change was first reported by 24/7 Sports.

The departure of the former Tulane All-America shortstop and LSU assistant coach is with cause, according to the report.

Bulldogs pitching coach Gary Henderson, a former head coach at Kentucky, will be the interim head coach.

Cannizaro, 39, was hired as Mississippi State’s 17th head baseball coach on Nov. 5, 2016, after Cohen was promoted from baseball coach to athletic director. He led the Bulldogs to the 2017 NCAA super regionals, where MSU lost to LSU in two games in Baton Rouge.

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