On the Links: Cohen Suspended, Thompson Update, & More

We’ve got plenty for you to catch up on this morning, most of it baseball-related. And we begin with MSU coach John Cohen, who has been suspended for tonight’s game versus Mississippi Valley State. Turns out Cohen was ejected after Sunday’s 8-7 loss to Alabama, and so by NCAA rule he must sit a game.

Cohen was yelling in home plate umpire Steve Dew‘s ear as the umpiring crew exited the field through MSU’s dugout on Sunday. Moments earlier, a foul ball call did not go MSU’s way, and that was ostensibly Cohen’s topic of discussion.

An SEC spokesman confirmed the suspension, which was first reported late Monday night by other outlets. He said Cohen’s penalty has nothing to do with the SEC; again, it’s an NCAA rule. That rule states: “If a situation occurs after the last out to end a game and this conduct would result in an ejection during the normal course of play, the umpire/crew chief will issue a post-participation ejection.”

Cohen is suspended because, as the rule notes, “the ejection shall be served in that team’s next scheduled contest(s).”

• Cohen’s displeasure with the umpire preceded the incident in the dugout between MSU pitching coach Butch Thompson and a University of Alabama security guard. The two engaged in a very loud, very public shouting match and had to be separated, and the SEC is reviewing the situation (CLICK HERE).

The confrontation never became physical, but there was a lot of shouting and a bit of cursing as fans and media looked on.

• More baseball, as we learned yesterday that junior right-handed pitcher Chris Stratton was among three finalists for the Ferriss Trophy (CLICK HERE), which is awarded annually to the state’s top college baseball player. Stratton, of Tupelo, is 9-0 with a 2.19 ERA and is on the Golden Spikes Award watch list.

• And in case you missed it, MSU jumped into the Baseball America rankings at No. 25, its first appearance since March 12.

• In hoops, I’ve got a story about MSU’s new coaching staff and its recruiting efforts to date (CLICK HERE).

Click video to hear audio