Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cannizaro canned. (Updated)

Mississippi State University Head Baseball Coah Andy Cannizaro was abruptly fired yesterday. Ole Miss fans are going to have a field day with this one.
The real question is whether the Rebels will um, erect a new statue to Lee at Ole Miss.

Update: The following statement appeared on Hailstate.com:

 Mississippi State Director of Athletics John Cohen announced Tuesday that head baseball coach Andy Cannizaro has resigned effective immediately.
"Earlier this morning, I accepted Andy Cannizaro's resignation as the head baseball coach at Mississippi State," 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."

Cohen went on to say, "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." 

Henderson owns 29 years of collegiate coaching experience, including eight years as a Southeastern Conference head coach. He was named the 2012 SEC Coach of the Year.

"Although I have taken this position under some unfortunate circumstances, I have been with this team for two years," Henderson said. "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."

The Diamond Dawgs resume their season at 6 p.m. Wednesday when they travel to face Jackson State.

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous... bulldogs lose to a top 15 baseball team on the road and they fire him... I played ball 20 years ago at delta state so I'm fairly non bias on this but southern miss is a Fantastic ball club. This is just crazy.

Anonymous said...

has nothing to do with losing to USM. he is alleged to have engaged in inappropriate relations with another MSU athletics employee.

Anonymous said...

Attn 5:06 You are awfully naive if you think MSU fired him for losing three games to a very good baseball team.

Anonymous said...

I cannot get a straight answer from anyone in Starkville, but the response that everyone is giving right now is “this isn’t about Wins and Losses”.

Jimmy Soul II said...

This will happen virtually EVERY time a coach is hired who *appears* to be separated in age from the student body by only a couple of years. Same in upper youth league, high school, college. Whether that separation is literal or imaginary, it will happen when the girls start hitting on him and 'he's' amenable.

With apologies to the old rhythm and blues song...."Get an ugly girl to marry you!" Getchu an ugly coach. Like Moorhead. Or Kennedy. Or Beliema. Or Orgeron. You might hafta fire 'em but it won't be for diddlin' around.

[Jimmy Soul – If You Wanna Be Happy Lyrics]
If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So from my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

Of course Ole Myth hired an ugly-ass football coach a few years back and look where that went - So this rule doesn't always hold true.

Anyway - Back to the music...

Anonymous said...

I’m not sure why there is a reference to Ole Miss in this article. Did they have something to do with the firing?

Anonymous said...

This is another example of Mississippi State always trying to copy Ole Miss....

Anonymous said...

Ole Miss fan here. Hugh ran around not only with hookers, but also ran around thumping on Bibles. Hypocrite through and through.

I'm hoping UM fans can take the high road and NOT have a "field day" with this.

Anonymous said...

@7:22

Last I looked Hugh Freeze was not a Brad Pitt clone. Women can be attracted to power and money just like anyone else.

Anonymous said...

He seems to be a very good coach. I am very disappointed in this. It's going to be interesting to see what the details are as to the cause of this sudden (and poorly timed) decision. I think it has been established that this doesn't have anything to do with baseball....which is a HUGE disappointment.

Anonymous said...

MSU loses 3 games to # 15 southern miss and Cohen fires him?

Anonymous said...

Undefeated, untied, undisputed champion of ALL TIME. Give the title belt to poontang.

Anonymous said...

Hard to find a dawg anywhere. It seems they are hiding under the bed after yak, yak, yak and throwing stones from the glass house for the last year. Shit that goes around also comes back around. You'd think the whiners at um and msu would figure that out and shut the f*ck up when something negative happens in one program or the other.

Anonymous said...

Coach should not be using wooden bats. To many Woody's. Hah! Hah! Hah! Hah! Suck it up. Sorry wrong choice of words.

Anonymous said...

If the eye offends thee. Smot it out!

Anonymous said...

Dawg fan here, and I ain't hiding from nothing. Plain and simple, a dirt bag is a dirt bag, no matter whether he wears marooon/white or red/blue. Hugh liked to pay for it, Andy didn't. The admins at both schools did the right thing and canned the dirt bags ASAP. Both programs will survive and move on to better places.

Anonymous said...

pretty boy SEC whiners, the best of which come from um and msu, dont know how to do anything else but whine. its their way of tacitly remaining in college for their entire lives.

Anonymous said...

@8:41

Here's a Bulldog for you. If the rumors about the reason for Cannizaro's firing are true, and I have no reason to doubt them, then MSU did the proper thing, ABSOLUTELY! I never once mocked Ole Miss or Hugh Freeze during his fall from grace. The big difference here seems to be that MSU took action as soon as the inappropriate behavior came to light, whereas Ole Miss attempted to hide what was going on and only took action after a very public firestorm. It appears that saving a "great coach" was more important to the Rebel decision makers by hiding the facts than was doing the proper thing. I do agree that no program is immune from scandal. There will be more. The only question is which school will be next.

I hope I have made my point clear without using foul language as you had to do in making yours.

Good Day!

Anonymous said...

@8:58 Dawg Fan. You are correct. I am an Ole Miss fan and I agree. No cheap shots or schadenfreude from me. It's a sad situation all around.

Anonymous said...

Lee continues to blaze a trail for those women who want to work in athletics, but never really thought it was an option. Her advice to women wanting to follow in her footsteps is twofold.

“Hard work. When you work hard, people appreciate it and notice even if you don’t think they are paying attention. Details. Details are everything. Doing the little things the right way makes big things happen. You’re going to have to make sacrifices to get where you want to be, but keep working hard and good things will happen.”


http://www.thesource.net/blog/spotlight-on-lee-begley

Anonymous said...

It seems like he deserved to be fired, but his family deserves better than to have all the laundry sorted through on Twitter, etc... This is a lesson for State and Ole Miss. What goes around comes around; and treat others the way you want to be treated.

Anonymous said...

Actually, heard from some close ties to the program that it was with not an MSU employee, but a student. Freeze at least went to a hooker. I wonder if someone will FOIA his phone records like Steve Roberts did Hugh's.

Anonymous said...

There is a good bit of difference between AC's and Hey Hugh's situation along with their respective schools. Both dirt bags in one way or another, but still different in the way they were handled.

Anonymous said...


Can anyone tell me why Coach Kennedy quit besides the fact that he is a drunk ??????????????

Anonymous said...

KF - You should charge for this - watching um and msu fans argue over who's shit stinks the most/least. Someone please tell them that "all" shit stinks.

Wow said...

9:20 and others.

No. There is no moral equivalency here. The Mississippi State athletic department took quick and decisive action.

The Ole Miss athletic department hid and denied until literal phone records to prostitutes were produced.

Anonymous said...

Im a State fan and I think Cannizaro's alleged actions are worse that Freeze's.

There's a difference between a moment of weakness when alone on the road and carrying on an affair with a fellow employee in the same town when your wife is pregnant with your third child.

Anonymous said...

The old boy laid his bat in the wrong dugout.

http://hailstate.com/coaches.aspx?rc=460&path=


Them cajuns cork their wood.

Anonymous said...

There is no difference in what he did, only different circumstances of infidelity. Freeze was vocal about his beliefs, but Cannizaro portrayed himself as a devoted family man. His wife is 8 months pregnant and dealing with this. Let's not forget there's another person in this and she got bored in her marriage in a hurry since she just celebrated her first anniversary.

This should be a lesson to all about pointing fingers. Anyone who says this isn't as bad as Freeze needs to think about a broken hearted pregnant wife who will deliver her baby in a couple of weeks knowing the father has been living a lie.

By the way, it's not recent news. Someone just decided to spill the beans and it spread like wildfire. What once was a juicy rumor among players & staff was confirmed and the AD took action.
There wasn't an obsessed fan wanting to profit off of digging up dirt about a rival school for a book. He signs that book with such pride, when he's really an embarrassment to MSU fans. I've said all along that one day he will regret it when something happens at State that we're not proud of and here's the first.

Freeze's sin = Cannizaro's sin

Anonymous said...

Credible Starkville Source- He has had an ongoing affair with one of Mullens staff members. his wife who is very much pregnant and she and their 2 daughters don't need the added stress of persistent rumors. He's a POS. End of story.

Anonymous said...

So Lee Begley is still listed on MSU's Atheletic Staff, yet she is already off of U of F's as of this morning.

Paging the IT dept, I know you guys don't keep up with sports, but it can't be that hard. She's been gone for a few months now.

Anonymous said...

3:47, the problem with your (and other OM fans) theory about Flim Flam and Robertson's book is that the Freeze whore hotline was only one small part of the story - one that covered a much longer period or time and many more activities. To think that AC's activities and Freeze's are the same, in this one area of interest that may be true - something to be decided by individual viewpoints. But there needs to be much more than an job-related affair, even with all its tentacles, to give basis for a book.

By the way, has the hairdresser named her baby yet?

Anonymous said...

Oh no, mo bitches and hoes!

Anonymous said...

The difference is that Ole Miss behaved like Bill Clinton until the blue dress showed up.

Anonymous said...

I smell a cover up at dawg u. We'll see.

Anonymous said...

Everyone on all sides are hypocrites and phonies. Everyone. We all have our own poisons. It's just that most aren't in the public eye.

Anonymous said...

Certainly he was one of the very top young baseball coaches in the country. But if you look at the things that allowed MSU to hire him in the first place: Attendance records, awesome stadium, great tradition, and an AD who knows a lot about baseball coaches. All of those things are still in place. I expect the next MSU baseball coach to be a another great young coach.

Anonymous said...

Methinks this was going to be kept quiet, but a pissed off husband said, “hell no!”. just a theory. i certainly don’t have any info, just theorerizng. Is that a real word?

Anonymous said...

I always questioned why he liked to wear his shirts about two sizes too small. Ego?

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...Im a State fan and I think Cannizaro's alleged actions are worse that Freeze's. There's a difference between a moment of weakness when alone on the road and carrying on an affair with a fellow employee in the same town when your wife is pregnant with your third child." {February 20, 2018 at 1:20 PM}

You're not only deluded, you're a fool. 'A moment of weakness when alone on the road'? Are you serious? Freeze was a whore monger and it all came out. He was also a womanizer (with girl children) in his basketball coaching life. Freeze's behavior reeks of mental illness. Cannizaro just got a hard on too often.

But, to be clear, there's no difference on parking in the wrong garage when you have two kids and one on the way and when you have three girls at home.

Cohen handled the situation correctly. But, Bjork should have been fired two days after Freeze 'resigned'. He covered all that shit up like a tom cat, for two years.

Anonymous said...

This Ole Miss fan is sorry to see this happen. I see the MSU fans just continue to takes shots at Ole Miss. The mud settles to the bottom.

Anonymous said...

8:48. That's why I learn from this blog. Who knew Freeze coached basketball too?

Anonymous said...

I believe the woman in question is of deep pocketed booster lineage too... Anyway, Cohen caught wind of affair, told AC to cut it out. He said ok. During the USM series, **allegedly** a staffer spotted AC texting his mistress in the dugout, during a game. I don’t know if it was between innings or whatever, but still. Allegedly, staffer even managed to take a pic from behind AC, forwarded to Cohen. Cohen sent into orbit.

It’s really not funny at all considering Cannizaro’s wife is delivering a child literally any day now. Really bad situation.

Anonymous said...

Oh, so initially msu did nothing but tell him to cut it out. Hmmmmm Gently lift rug, sweep gently under rug, and gently replace rug.

Anonymous said...

I attended two of the inter-squad games that MSU played at Smith Wills Stadium in Jackson back in November, and I remember thinking to myself.....why is AC spending so much time on his phone while on the field. Well, now we know......

Anonymous said...

Cannizaro was using a school credit card to pay for his "dates". He was told repeatedly to stop it. He would was constantly on his phone sexting with this woman. During practices, he would disappear and nobody could find him. Another coach went to Cohen and said he could no longer coach in that environment. Cohen asked Cann about it and he denied everything. Cohen assigned someone the task of keeping up with how much time Cann was on the phone, gone from meetings, practices, etc. Then, during the southern series, Cann left the dugout on several occasions when Southern was at bat to sext with this woman. When Cann left his phone unlocked in the dugout to go to the mound for a visit, an assistant coach was able to get a picture of it and sent it to Cohen. It proved that Cann was a liar. Also, some of the players were able to see what was in some of those sexts. The phone records were then obtained and all of the sext messages were able to be read and prove what all had been going on. The players had complained, the coaching staff had complained and finally Cohen had proof and he was gone. What an idiot.

Anonymous said...


10:04 the reference to freezer and basketball refers to the rumors that plagued him about fooling around with girl high school basketball players while their coach in Memphis. He was fired. Try to keep up. Never the less according to his wife, freezer was a "warrior for Christ."

Cann was a Cajun meathead with too much testosterone and too little brain.
Something about cheaters that makes them think they are invisible and the rest of the world stupid. Always ends badly.
'

Anonymous said...

Freeze and Cannizarro are both scum sucking pigs. One side trying to prove their pig has less mud on them is comical.

Anonymous said...

Any new stank from stankville? LSU boards are having a field day with this one.

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