Cohen opens new era at alma mater with 8-1 win over N. Illinois

STARKVILLE — In the minutes leading up to the first pitch here Friday night, Dudy Noble Field’s newly expanded video board showed a clip of the new Mississippi State coach. Titled Coming Home, the video showed John Cohen during his playing days at MSU from 1988-90.
A half-hour later, the announced 2,551 who braved chilly temperatures got what they wanted to see out of that homecoming – their Bulldogs batted around and scored six runs in the first inning. In front of the few hundred who remained late, State sealed a 8-1 win over Northern Illinois in its season-opener.

And after many wins here as a player, Cohen earned his first as a coach.