Thompson: “Opportunity I couldn’t pass up”


I just spent a few minutes over the phone with Butch Thompson, who described the day as both good and bad.

Bad, because just last week he took the job as head coach at High Point College. Good, because he gets a chance to return home as pitching coach for Mississippi State.

“Today was really hard,” he said. “But if there was ever a chance like this to go home, I knew I had to jump all over it. But the timing could not have been worse.”

He added he was extremely grateful to High Point athletic director Craig Keilitz, who was extremely understanding of Thompson’s desire to return to Mississippi.

And the move couldn’t have come at a better time because Thompson’s father was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor.

“A chance to be back close to him and the rest of my family was a big draw,” he said. “And having coached against John Cohen, I know he’s a winner. It’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

He said he’ll spend tonight talking with the High Point players and then tomorrow, he’ll make his way to Starkville to talk with MSU players and begin recruiting.

“My wife and I will pass each other at some point,” he laughed. “We’ll see each other, and then I’ll head out recruiting and she’ll stay and find a house. I’ll tell you, now, coaches’ wifes are special people.”


16 Responses to “Thompson: “Opportunity I couldn’t pass up””

  1. theconquistador2 Says:

    Couldn’t be more pleased with the staff. Coah Cohen has hit two grandslams with Burroughs and Thompson in my opinion.

  2. bigdraws Says:

    My brother played legion ball with Butch. He’s as intense and fiery as they come. Great guy, great family. Welcome home Butch.

  3. Gregg Ellis Says:

    yeah, draws. He told me he played for the Tupelo 49ers.

  4. bigdraws Says:

    Yep. State champs!! Dude was a very colorful guy to say the least.

  5. StateDOG Says:

    I was hoping for Polk to bring Butch to Starkville when Ron came back last time. Glad he’s going to be here now. He’s a great coach and just as great at recruiting.

    Will be interesting to see how this staff put together a signing class.

  6. templeofcroom Says:

    I agree StateDOG. It’ll be interesting to see the class and this first one is going to be particularly important towards building a foundation.


  7. theconquistador2 Says:

    I may be wrong, but I believe for the most part this years recruiting class was already set in place before Cohen got the job. But I guess there could always be some late changes.

    Gregg or anyone,

    If a players signs a LOI with a school and then changes his mind before enrolling, does he still have to wait a year before signing with another school?

  8. 2thdoc Says:

    I think as far as recruiting we will now have a better foot in the southern states of Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky. Maybe the contacts from previous positions will start helping out immediately.

  9. jcdawgman18 Says:

    Evidently Coach Cohen is looking at some Juco guys to bring in for next year and has already started on the next crop of seniors personally.

  10. Gregg Ellis Says:

    The incoming freshmen class this fall is the result of the efforts from the previous staff.

    And yes, once you sign the dotted line, that’s it. Of course, the NCAA does make the rare exception every now and then depending on certain situations.

  11. 2thdoc Says:

    Gregg, any news on the Dir. of Baseball Ops? I hear it’s supposed to be a very recent State grad.

  12. Gregg Ellis Says:

    Cohen did tell me that, but at this point, he’s not releasing any names.

  13. Gregg Ellis Says:

    In case you guys haven’t heard, the Tupelo Mudcats are in serious trouble and the coaches have quit.

  14. bigdraws Says:

    2thdoc Says:

    June 19, 2008 at 1:51 pm edit

    Nate, after hearing what you said about the Mudcats, a patient came in after lunch that works at the BancorpSouth Center. He said that Jim Waide decided to take away the housing allowances from the coach(s) since he(Waide) wasn’t making any money on the team. I guess a salary contract is null and void when an attorney decides he isn’t making money.

  15. rebelnate Says:

    Chalk up another defunct professional sports team up to Tupelo.

  16. BirdZ! Says:

    Not enough support from the community. Gotta put butts in the seats.

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