Full cooperation paid off for Mississippi State when the NCAA handed down its findings in the Will Redmond case. The NCAA accepted the Bulldogs’ self-imposed penalties, most of which have already been satisfied, and placed the school on two years probation.
Cooper had a terrific senior season.
Britton Banowsky, chairman of the NCAA Committee of Infractions, called it a serious case but said the penalties were limited because of MSU’s cooperation and the limited scope of the violations.
"Mississippi State did a great job of … taking necessary action once they found the scope and severity of the problem and then owning up to it when they got to the hearing,” Banowsky said. “So I think they did a great job and I'm sure that was reflected in the nature of the penalties and the fact the committee virtually accepted all of the self-imposed penalties."
The most severe penalty was a one-year “show cause” order against former Mississippi State receivers coach Angelo Mirando, which bans him from coaching at the D-I level for one year. That penalty could have been worse if not for the full cooperation of Mirando.....
First baseman Garrett Cooper is a great example of what can be accomplished with hard work and perseverance. Cooper wasn’t drafted out of Loyola HIgh School in Manhattan Beach, Calif., in 2009, wasn’t drafted out of El Camino College in 2011 and wasn’t drafted last year following his junior season at Auburn.
Cooper went through a rigorous offseason adding weight and strength and put together a senior season to remember. He led the Tigers with a .354 average and tied for the team lead in home runs (7) and RBI (37).
Saturday, Cooper was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth round with the No. 182 overall pick of the 2013 MLB Draft.
“This is probably one of the better feelings I have had in my life,” Cooper said.
Starting pitcher Conner Kendrick, who also went undrafted out of high school and junior college, was selected by the New York Yankees in the ninth round.
Fortune didn’t shine so brightly on outfielder Ryan Tella, who was an 11th round pick of the San Francisco Giants after batting .360 as a draft-eligible sophomore last year. Tella returned for his junior season in hopes of improving his draft status but saw his average dip more than 100 points to .259 and went undrafted.....
Tella could return next season and he's not the only one. Auburn’s new coaching staff should have some pretty good players to work with going into next season
Left-handed pitcher Will Kendall, who returned from surgery and saw limited action last season, was taken in the 30th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He could certainly improve on that by returning for a final full and healthy season at Auburn
Junior starter Michael O’Neal, who was 8-4 with a 2.73 ERA, and closer Terrance Dedrick, who was 4-2 with 10 saves, weren’t drafted. Neither were several draft-eligible starters including designated hitter Patrick Savage, catcher Blake Austin, third baseman Damek Tomsche, shortstop San Glevenyak and outfielder Hunter Kelley.
The only other player drafted was outfielder Jay Gonzalez in the 39th round by the Texas Rangers. Gonzalez was suspended last season but the door is open for him to return if he doesn’t sign with the Rangers.
Only one of Auburn’s signees was drafted, outfielder Anfernee Grier, who went to the Detroit Tigers in the 39th round. Auburn’s top signee and Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Alabama, RHP Keegan Thompson from Cullman High School, not was selected.
Thompson, who could also play outfield for Auburn, wasn’t willing to sign for anything less than first-round money. Once he slipped out of the first round, teams weren’t going to waste a pick on him.....
The early results are mixed for SEC teams in the Super Regionals. LSU won its opener over Oklahoma 2-0 Friday and could be the first team to punch its ticket to the College World Series in Omaha with a win tonight.
Mississippi State won game one against Virginia 11-6 while South Carolina dropped the opener at North Carolina 6-5 and Louisville upset Vanderbilt 5-3. With four games being rained out Friday, many of the series could stretch into Monday.
The College World Series will be played June 15-26.