According to a story first reported by David Murray, Mississippi State has fired former LSU Assistant Coach Andy Cannizaro. The formal announcement of that dismissal is expected to come later today. The reasons for Cannizaro's dismissal are only speculative at this point. More details are expected to be revealed in the school's announcement later this afternoon.

Cannizaro's Bulldogs were swept in their season-opening series by Southern Mississippi. But informed sources say losing a three-game set to the Golden Eagles is not the primary cause for this abrupt coaching change.

Cannizaro took over the Bulldog program in November of 2016. Last season he lead Mississippi State to a 40 win season including an appearance in the NCAA Super Regionals. Mississippi State pitching coach Gary Henderson will take over the team for the 2018 season.