Five Thoughts On Mississippi State Baseball Hiring Chris Lemonis

Omaha, NE - JUNE 29: Game three of the College World Series Championship Series between the Arizona Wildcats and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers is under a weather delay on June 29, 2016 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
Omaha, NE - JUNE 29: Game three of the College World Series Championship Series between the Arizona Wildcats and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers is under a weather delay on June 29, 2016 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) /
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Omaha, NE – JUNE 27: A general view of the exterior of TD Ameritrade Park prior to game one of the College World Series Championship Series between the Arizona Wildcats and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on June 27, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
Omaha, NE – JUNE 27: A general view of the exterior of TD Ameritrade Park prior to game one of the College World Series Championship Series between the Arizona Wildcats and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on June 27, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) /

No, This Isn’t An Underwhelming Hire. It’s Actually A Pretty Good One for Mississippi State Baseball.

Many Mississippi State baseball fans are currently up in arms and upset over MSU hiring Chris Lemonis. Many fans expected MSU to get a high profile coach or for the Bulldogs to at least keep Gary Henderson.

They didn’t do either of those things. Instead, the Bulldogs went with a head coach that many MSU fans weren’t overly familiar with. Hiring someone like Chris Lemonis was completely unexpected by many.

And that’s okay.

Yes, based off of the criteria and description that Cohen set coming into this coaching search, it was reasonable to think that the Bulldogs would choose someone with notably more head coaching experience and success.

However, Lemonis has been a pretty good head coach and is known as a phenomenal recruiter. At Indiana, Lemonis took the Hoosiers to three NCAA Regionals in four years. Before that, Lemonis helped Dan McDonnell turn Louisville into a team that routinely visited Omaha with his recruiting efforts.