Auburn hires former Mississippi State athletic director Cohen

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Auburn named former Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen to the same position on Monday, accusing him of hiring a new soccer coach.

The school announced Cohen’s hire about six hours after it said president Chris Roberts fired second-year Tigers coach Bryan Harsin.

Cohen had been athletic director for Mississippi State since November 2016 after a long career coaching baseball. He hired Joe Moorhead for a short-lived stint as Bulldogs coach, then replaced him with Mike Leach.

The Tigers and Mississippi State play Saturday in Starkville.

“John has a wealth of experience in college athletics, particularly in the Southeastern Conference and his resume and credentials are impeccable,” Roberts said. “His leadership and success as a head coach and athletic director speaks for itself.

“John will embrace Auburn and be a tremendous leader for our athletics program as we move forward.”

Cohen, who played baseball for Mississippi State, was twice SEC Coach of the Year.

“Auburn is an incredibly special place, as evidenced by the Hall of Fame coaches and athletes who have been part of its history,” Cohen said. “I understand the traditions and values ​​of Auburn and look forward to continuing those traditions. I am humbled and honored to join the Auburn family.

Cohen elevated Rich McGlynn, who had served as acting assistant manager, to assistant athletic director.

Cohen is serving a four-year term on the 10-member NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.

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