From the moment he stepped to the podium, Chris Lemonis made Mississippi State’s first championship about everyone but himself.

He even acknowledged those that came before him.

“What an awesome night. Our kids played as free as you could be on the biggest stage. From the pitching to the defense, to the grind of having to beat one of the best pitchers in college baseball history and the defending champions – so proud of them. And it’s so awesome to bring back the trophy to Starkville.

“Our community and how much they love their baseball, it’s pretty special. We have a great administration here. John Cohen, our AD, he’s a big part of this, and everything that he does and everything that he’s done in the past. I want to always reach out to Coach Polk because Coach Polk is the one who built this and started it.

“We run out there and play in front of the big crowds, but Polk was a big reason why, and our former players, too. This is a lot of years in the making, and a lot of fun. And I know our fans will enjoy this.”

Here is the full press conference featuring Lemonis following Hail State’s first national title: