By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen has been suspended one game by the SEC for his actions following Sunday’s 8-7 loss to Alabama, the league announced this afternoon.
Cohen will miss Friday’s series opener at No. 6 Florida, and the punishment also prohibits him from participating in Thursday’s practice. He already has served a one-game suspension – Tuesday’s game versus Mississippi Valley State – due to an NCAA rule that requires a coach receiving a “post-participation” ejection to sit the next game.
The SEC said its suspension of Cohen was due to “violating Southeastern Conference sportsmanship rules.” Following Sunday’s loss, Cohen was yelling at home plate umpire Steve Dew as the umpiring crew left the field. He was still angry about a call that didn’t go MSU’s way in the ninth inning.
The SEC release says that another ejection for Cohen this season “will result in an automatic game suspension and the possibility of additional sanctions.”
Cohen said that was the first postgame ejection of his career, and when I asked whether he had expected the SEC to suspend him, he said, “I don’t honestly know. I’ve never been involved with anything like this. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I have a lot of respect for the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, and I’m going to adhere to his ruling.”