BREAKING: Mississippi State Head Coach Mike Leach Dies

Mike Leach, the head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs has died. He was 61.

He was 61.

Leach was in his third-year as coach of the Bullldogs. He had a law degree from Pepperdine University and was a best-selling author.

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“Mike was a giving and attentive husband, father and grandfather,” his family said in a statement. “He was able to participate in organ donation at UMMC as a final act of charity. 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.”  

Leach suffered a massive heart attack on Sunday. ESPN reported that he had been dealing with other health issues earlier in the season.

Mississippi State president Mark Keenum and interim athletics director Bracky Brett named defensive coordinator Zach Arnett as interim coach, the Clarion Ledger reported.

“Coach (Leach) cast a tremendous shadow not just over Mississippi State University, but over the entire college football landscape,” Keenum said. “His innovative Air Raid offense changed the game. Mike’s keen intellect and unvarnished candor made him one of the nation’s true coaching legends. His passing brings great sadness to our university, to the Southeastern Conference, and to all who loved college football. I will miss Mike’s profound curiosity, his honesty, and his wide-open approach to pursuing excellence in all things.”

Coach Leach garnered national acclaim for his hilarious and witty responses to questions about football, marriage and even the taste of coffee.

“Coffee tastes terrible anyway,” the coach once said. “Don’t put anything into it to obstruct the harsh, bitter taste.”

He also waxed poetically about Halloween candy and was more than willing to provide marriage advice to sports reporters.

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