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MSU shoots down reports of athletic director hire

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Mississippi State University said they have not found a new athletic director.

Last month, incumbent athletic director Scott Stricklin accepted a job at the University of Florida to become their new athletic director. The same day, Mississippi State University president Mark Keenum announced the school had begun a nationwide search for a new AD.

Wednesday, The Clarion-Ledger reported that head baseball coach John Cohen is the new athletic director, according to multiple sources.

Keenum firmly denied this report. MSU released the following statement:

“The report today by The Clarion-Ledger’s Mike Bonner indicated that a decision has been made in that process was inaccurate. I’m extremely disappointed that a reputable newspaper and reporter would make such a report without seeking basic confirmation of the facts of the story being circulated. Doing so is irresponsible and in some ways may interfere with the process. It’s unfair to the candidates seeking the position who have not yet been interviewed.

At present, no decisions have been made, no announcements prepared, and no press conferences scheduled. Neither I nor any of the university’s senior communications staff was asked to confirm or deny Mr. Bonner’s story prior to his publication of it. Perhaps that’s most disappointing of all.”

Keenum said the search will continue, but did not rule out Cohen as a candidate.

Since taking over as head baseball coach in 2009, Cohen has led the team to the playoffs five times, including a Super Regional appearance in 2011 and 2016, and a runner-up spot in the College World Series in 2013 (A season in which the Bulldogs won 50 games). The Bulldogs won the SEC regular season championship in 2016.

Stricklin, an MSU graduate, had been MSU athletic director since 2010, and was Senior Associate AD for two years prior.

Cohen has been considered a top candidate for the AD spot, but as of right now, the school confirms no decision has been made.

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