What did Mississippi state head coach Mike Leach die of?
Mike Leach, the eccentric and longstanding college football coach who was in charge of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, has passed away. He was 61.
The head coach of Mississippi State University died unexpectedly on Monday evening, barely one day after being brought to a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, after experiencing a “personal health concern at his house.”
According to the school’s statement, the cause of his death was “complications from a cardiac ailment.” There was no more information provided.
“We are supported and uplifted by the outpouring of love and prayers from family, friends, Mississippi State University, the hospital staff, and football fans around the world. Thank you for sharing in the joy of our beloved husband and father’s life.” The family stated.
Why was Mike Leach known for?
Leach started his career as a collegiate coach in 1987 and finally won his first D1 head coaching post over a decade later in 2000 when he became the top man at Texas Tech. He is credited for pioneering a pass-heavy approach that was subsequently called the “Air Raid.” Various college coaches still use this offensive scheme in today’s games.
After coaching for ten years at Texas Tech, during which time he had an 84-43 record, Leach accepted a position as head coach at Washington State in 2012. He stayed there for a total of eight seasons until making a move to Mississippi State in 2020.
Leach became known as “The Pirate” due to his dry sense of humor and his unusual comments at various media events, which helped him earn national popularity and followers.
“Coach Mike Leach cast a tremendous shadow not just over Mississippi State University, but over the entire college football landscape,” school president Mark E. Keenum said in a statement
He would have a record of 7-6 in 2021 and then 8-4 in 2022. When the school reported his medical problem, he was in the middle of getting ready for the ReliaQuest Bowl.
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