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Mississippi State head coach Andy Cannizaro, left, squats in front of the Mississippi State dugout in the eighth inning, Saturday, June 10, 2017, during a 2017 NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional between LSU and Mississippi State at LSU's Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. LSU won 4-3

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

More than a week after Andy Cannizaro's abrupt resignation as the head coach of Mississippi State baseball, many questions remain unanswered. 

Cannizaro, who left LSU to take the head job for the Bulldogs in 2016, cited "poor decisions" and asked for forgiveness in resigning his post on Feb. 20. An ESPN report indicated such decisions involved an extramarital affair with a female staffer, but neither the school nor Cannizaro have verified that report.

The Clarion Ledger reported Tuesday that a list of questions they've sent to the university have gone unanswered, and the lack of any press conference by Athletic Director John Cohen is highly unusual after an abrupt coaching change. 

Pitching coach Gary Henderson took over mid-week. 

Questions from the Clarion Ledger included: 

  • Why did Andy Cannizaro resign?
  • If Andy Cannizaro didn't resign, would John Cohen/Mississippi State be forced to fire him?
  • What, if any, was the financial agreement/settlement between Cannizaro and Mississippi State regarding his resignation?
  • When did John Cohen first learn of Cannizaro's "poor decisions" that Cannizaro referenced in the statement after his resignation released by MSU?

Similar coaching changes, including Hugh Freeze's ouster from Ole Miss this past season, were followed up with a press conference the same day. Cohen, who served as the Bulldogs' baseball coach before moving to the AD position and hiring Cannizaro, has chosen not to do so. 

In announcing the coaching change, he said the "circumstances are difficult." 

LSU coach Paul Mainieri declined to comment on the subject, but termed the situation as "unfortunate," a word he repeated multiple times regarding his former assistant. 

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The Bulldogs went 40-27 with a 17-13 SEC record in Cannizaro's lone full season, making him only the second Mississippi State coach to have a 40-win season in his first year. Mississippi State met LSU in the NCAA Super Regionals and fell in two games. 

Cannizaro spent two seasons with LSU before making his way to Mississippi State. He is a Tulane alumnus where he was an All-American for the Green Wave in the 90s, and played professional baseball for eight seasons, including two stints in the MLB with the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays.

For the full story from The Clarion Ledger, click here.