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Thompson Evaluating Arms For Opening Weekend

He's assuredly excited that in five more afternoons the pitches being called are against real opponents. Actually the better word for it is relieved, which is not a reference to any bullpen. Because these are the waning days of preseason. And, "This is the week I'm glad I'm not a head coach!" says Butch Thompson.

What Mississippi State's pitching maestro means is that he is just one part of the coaching staff which has to make some firm and often final decisions this week. Whether setting up an opening-weekend rotation and relief roles, deciding who will pitch and play and who isn't ready, and who ought to sit out the entire season, these next days are when Coach John Cohen has the final say. Particularly...

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