When I heard that the new coach was going to be John Cohen I was excited. I have seen what he has done at Kentucky. He took a program - that while I was playing if you didn't sweep them you had a bad weekend - and made them into one of the top teams in the league. That my friends is not easy to do. Oh and he did it in less than 5 years. That makes it even more impressive.
I know you have all read coach Polk's reaction. Again I have nothing but respect for that man, but I believe he was out of line. I am hoping it was just a knee jerk reaction to the announcement. I was hoping that he would just bow out gracefully but that obviously did not happen. Regardless, the day and the week belong to John Cohen.
I am excited about the team again. This past year was, to say the least, difficult to get through.
I have a feeling about this guy. I know coach Cohen can take us to where we have already been and beyond. I read his comments about not just getting back to Omaha but wanting to win it. I also read his comments about not wanting to sit back during a game and let the game develop, but wanting to ATTACK the other team. We haven't done that in a while. And that's a fun way to play the game not to mention exciting for all of the fans. He also wants to put pressure on the other team.
That is what I wanted to hear. That is what I have been needing to hear. Heck, I even want to suit up and play for the guy. I envy the guys that are still on that team because I truly believe this guy is going to be special.
There is one downside to the Cohen Era ..... nine full months before the fun begins.
Matthew Brinson, a former Mississippi State baseball player who played at State during the years 2000-2003, is the MSU baseball columnist for GenesPage.com.