Ron Polk returning to Mississippi State as special assistant to the athletic director


Back in Starkville a Mississippi State legend is returning to the Bulldog family.

On Wednesday, Ron Polk was named special assistant to the athletic director, that being John Cohen, in a move that brings the winningest coach in the history of the Southeastern Conference back to MSU.

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Polk led the State baseball program for a total of 29 years, amassing more than 1,300 career wins across four head coaching stints with three different programs.

He spent the last 12 years as a volunteer assistant at UAB.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at