Andy Cannizaro is officially out as Mississippi State head baseball coach, the university announced Tuesday.
The former LSU hitting coach, who had just begun his second season coaching the Bulldogs, resigned hours after a report from 247sports indicating he would be fired for cause.
It remains unclear what prompted the coaching move, but Cannizzaro released a statement, via the school.
"I had a wonderful opportunity at Mississippi State, but unfortunately I made some poor decisions. I hope Mississippi State University and all of the fans and people affected will one day forgive me."
Cannizaro submitted his resignation Tuesday morning.
Just hours before the initial report, Cannizaro posted a hopeful message on twitter: "Excited to get back after it Wednesday against Jackson State! Looking forward to seeing a packed yard full of Bulldog Fans!"
Replies to that tweet quickly turned negative as word began to spread of his imminent firing.
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Pitching coach Gary Henderson will be named Cannizaro's replacement for the remainder of the 2018 season.
The players were informed early Tuesday morning of the coaching change, according to a report from the Clarion Ledger's Will Sammon.
"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," said Athletics Director John Cohen in the school statement.
Hiring Cannizaro away from LSU was one of Cohen's first big moves after he went from the Bulldogs' head baseball coach to the AD job in November, 2016.
The Bulldogs opened the 2018 season this past weekend, losing to Southern Mississippi in a three-game sweep.
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.
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