JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Former Mississippi State coach Ron Polk is
blasting the school's new athletic director as "utterly cruel"
for hiring Kentucky's John Cohen -- and vowed to remove his name
from the stadium and the school from his will.
Polk campaigned for assistant coach Tommy Raffo, a former player
who was college teammates with Cohen, since he announced his
retirement in March. The outspoken 64-year-old said he warned
athletic director Greg Byrne of the consequences if he did not
The 41-year-old Cohen will be introduced today at news
conferences in Starkville and Jackson. He resigned from his job at
Kentucky yesterday morning.
Byrne won't replace Larry Templeton until July. But interim
president Vance Watson charged Byrne with hiring a new baseball
coach since he would have to live with the decision far longer than
Byrne is the son of Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne. He
was the associate athletic director for external affairs at
Mississippi State for two years before being promoted by president
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