Cohen backs Thompson for Auburn job

Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson, left, is up the head coaching job at Auburn. (AP Photo/Eric Francis)

Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson, left, is up the head coaching job at Auburn. (AP Photo/Eric Francis)

Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson is considered one of the leading candidates for the head coaching vacancy at Auburn.

Thompson interviewed with Tigers on Oct. 12 after athletic director Jay Jacobs fired Sunny Galloway after two seasons in late September.

“There’s been a ton of rumors about Butch and Auburn,” said MSU coach John Cohen. “Nobody deserves to have that opportunity more than a Butch Thompson. We’re cheering for him. We don’t want to lose him. I’ve told many people at Auburn, you’d be crazy not to hire this guy but I’ll be the happiest guy in the world if you don’t.”

Thompson has served as Cohen’s pitching coach since his arrival at MSU in 2009 and currently holds the title of associate head coach for the Bulldogs.

“Butch has been like a brother and we want what’s best for him and his career and his family,” Cohen said. “We’ll see what happens.”

The Amory native is certainly no stranger to the plains of Auburn, having served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers from 2006-08.

If Thompson is hired at Auburn, Cohen would have two former pitching coaches serving as head coaches in opposing dugouts in the Southeastern Conference joining Kentucky’s Gary Henderson.

Cohen does feel he would be able to fill the vacancy with a quality pitching coach should the need arise in Starkville.

“If Butch happened to take that position, some of the best pitching minds in the country would be very, very interested in being in a program like ours,” Cohen said.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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