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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Cohen gives NSU another lift

John Cohen is in Lexington, Ky., a world away from Natchitoches. But this former Northwestern State coach is helping shed the light on his former school.

Cohen has the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team on the verge of a three-game sweep of longtime national power LSU after Saturday's 6-3 win. Cohen's team seems to have learned how to close out games and means Big Blue may have reason to care about baseball in April and May for the first time in a long time.

With every win over an SEC school, Cohen helps lift not only his profile but that of NSU and the Southland Conference, both of which are rapidly producing successful coaches in BCS conferences.

And don't think Cohen has forgotten about NSU or Natchitoches. He was one of many to call NSU sports information director extraordinaire Doug Ireland to congratulate him and the Demons on their upset of Iowa in the NCAA Tournament.

A win today against LSU would warrant some return to calls to the 859 area code.


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