OK. You get to hire the next baseball coach . . .


Who do you offer the job to?

A Tommy Raffo or John Cohen type, or someone else?


31 Responses to “OK. You get to hire the next baseball coach . . .”

  1. 2thdoc Says:

    I would like to see Cohen but would not be surprised to see Raffo get it

  2. cnd46 Says:

    Baylor’s coach, Steve Smith

  3. notraffo Says:

    For the love of all that is decent, please do not hire Tommy Raffo. He’s a nice guy and all, but is totally inadequate to head a program of any kind of national prominence.

    Baseball is the only sport in which the school can mount a national search and obtain a coach of national prominence. That window of being able to do this closes a little every day as 1985 becomes an ever distant memory.

    Our last several coaching hires have been ones of expediency. Let us not go down that road again.

  4. bcdog Says:

    Baylor’s coach would be great…any chance of stealing the Vanderbilt coach? I think Cohen would be a fantastic coach too. I posted it in another response, but if you can win at Kentucky you can win anywhere. I like Raffo, but as a position/assistant not as the head.

  5. db33 Says:

    COHEN has to be choice #1. If not Cohen, then there a lot of HC’s out there that have done good jobs with MSU ties. Raffo might be a good choice, but I’d rather see us hire a proven coach.

  6. msfan20 Says:

    Dan McDonnell, University of Louisville, Took Louisville to the CWS his first year as coach, just imagine what he could do at State.

  7. judwe Says:

    Time is on our side here, Polk was gracious to allow us that. Ususally when a legend leaves NO ONE wants to fill the shoes. In this case, with the obvious long slide into mediocrity (save for the hot streak last year) the fan base is ready for a fresh start.

    I think we need to take our time and find the right fit.

  8. bigdraws Says:

    GE, what is Cohen’s contract like? Would it be likely for him to leave?

  9. bb67 Says:

    I like the guy at Louisville. He knows the SEC, and is a good recruiter which in my opinion, we have been needing. If he can win at Louisville, he could really do well at State. I don’t think Cohen has a long enough record. Just my thoughts.

  10. bigdraws Says:

    He has OM ties correct?

  11. luckydog20 Says:

    I say we hire Bianca

  12. jaybirdms Says:

    I say Cohen or possibly Shoop, even though he hasn’t had as much success as I thought he would have.

  13. jaybirdms Says:

    The guy at Louisville does have ties to OM. More specifically, I think he has ties with Bianco, but I’m not sure about that.

  14. theconquistador Says:

    I will throw up and then drive to Starkville and punch LT in the stomach if we hire Raffo. Raffo has been in charge of our hitting for years…enough said. This is our chance to take a step forward and we wont do that by promoting an assistant. DON’T SCREW THIS UP AND GO AFTER A PROVEN HEAD COACH!!!!!!!

  15. South Panola Dawg Says:

    First choice: John Cohen. If he can win at UK, he can win anywhere. And anyone but Tommy Raffo. Worst. Hire. Ever.

  16. boonevilledawg Says:

    I like the possiblity of shoop at uab or even Case at Jacksonville state. Cohen of course would be my number 1 but Kentucky will prolly try and lock him up. Dan McDonnel at Louisville would be another good choice

  17. trapper97 Says:

    Mississippi State fans have tremendous respect Tommy Raffo for what he’s given to this program — both as a player and as an assistant coach. But there’s no way this program should be turned over to someone who’s never been a head coach on the collegiate level.

    If Raffo had been successful in his bid for the Memphis job a few years ago when the Tigers picked Daron Schoenrock, Raffo would merit more serious consideration. As it is, he can’t be considered a legitimate candidate — despite Ron Polk’s endorsement.

    In my mind, Baylor head coach Steve Smith gets the nod over Kentucky’s John Cohen. Smith’s success in his 14 years at Baylor proves he knows how to do more with less against competition (Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State) with deeper pockets and more baseball tradition.

  18. Gregg Ellis Says:

    trapper, more with less is Kentucky. Let’s be honest, the state of Texas is loaded with talented baseball players? Kentucky? Not so much.

  19. carwwest Says:

    raffo is a great guy, but like everybody else has said, he should not be the next in line for this job!….i think the new AD Byrne needs to make a splash and hire someone who is going to continue our winnings ways(except for this season ha)……

  20. cajundawg Says:

    Cohen’s salary is $295K (I think) so we can handle that level of salary… probably bump it a bit… Polk was making $300K

    I guess if I had to rank my choices it would be Smith, Cohen, Shoop, and the USA coach cant’ think of his name… Raffo would get consideration but his lack of a head job would be a detriment to hiring him… nothing against him!

  21. bethn135 Says:

    Please not Tommy Raffo. Our hitting has been horrible ever since he became the hitting coach. I have seen nothing from him to indicate that he is head coaching material. Apparently nobody else sees anything either because nobody else has tried to hire him away from MSU. I would say Cohen or the guy from Baylor. Polk picked McMahon that was his 1 shot to pick his successor.

  22. cajundawg Says:

    bethn135… goodpoint on the McMahon point… that ‘hand picked’ dedicated, long time assistant coach didn’t work out real well and actually jumped ship after a wee bit of success… so much for that approach!

  23. fun2bmaroon Says:

    You think we could “lure” Tommy Lsorda outta retirement ?????

  24. dc31 Says:

    Smoke Laval

    ha ha ha ha ha

  25. nashdawg Says:

    Rafeal Palmerio, ummm, no. Cohen, no.
    Shoop, no. Raffo, maybe.

  26. charleston11 Says:

    I heard Chuck Box. Is he still at Freed Hardman?

  27. rewj Says:

    Chuck Box. Great choice. Experienced, energetic, smart, winner.

  28. farley662 Says:

    Damn, it’s like deja vu all over again!

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