Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach was rushed to the hospital this week. Check out what happened to coach Mike Leach.
Mike Leach : What happened to | Hospital | Condition
Michael Charles Leach is an American college football coach who is the head coach at Mississippi State University.
|Born||March 9, 1961
|Alma mater||Brigham Young University (BA)
Pepperdine University (JD)
United States Sports Academy (MS)
He is a two-time national coach of the year, three-time conference coach of the year and the mastermind behind the NCAA record-setting “Air Raid” offense.
He was previously the head coach at Texas Tech University from 2000 to 2009, where he became the winningest coach in school history, and at Washington State University from 2012 to 2019, where he recorded the third-most wins of any coach in school history.
In 1987, Leach began his coaching career as an assistant at Cal Poly and College of the Desert in (1988).
What happened to Mike Leach
Mississippi State coach Mike Leach was hospitalized Sunday after what the university called “a personal health issue” that happened at his home in Starkville.
The 61-year-old Leach was initially treated at a local hospital before being airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, which is about 125 miles (200 kilometers) away from Mississippi State, the university said.
UMMC spokesman Marc Rolph said Leach was listed as a patient at the hospital, but had no information regarding the coach’s condition.
The school said in a statement it would have no further comment on Leach’s condition, adding “that the thoughts and prayers of the university are with Mike and (wife) Sharon and their family.”
“Prayers for Coach Leach and family. We’re all on the same team tonight,” Mississippi athletic director Keith Carter posted on Twitter.
Defensive coordinator Zach Arnett has been placed in charge of the football team by Mississippi State President Mark Keenum and interim athletic director Bracky Brett as it prepares for an appearance in the ReliaQuest Bowl against Illinois on Jan. 2 in Tampa, Florida.
Leach is in his third season at Mississippi State, with a 19-17 record. He acknowledged a bout with pneumonia late in the season that was causing a persistent cough.
Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach was hospitalized Sunday for a “personal health issue,” according to the MSU athletics.
Leach’s health issue led to him being transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.
Leach, 61, is in his third season with the Bulldogs and guided Mississippi State to a 24-22 victory over Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl on Nov. 24.
Statement from Mississippi State University on Head Football Coach Mike Leach: https://t.co/p0bcYJ1jUO— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 11, 2022
Defensive coordinator Zach Arnett is “in charge of the MSU football team” until Leach’s return, school president Mark E Keenum and interim athletic director Bracky Brett said.
The Bulldogs (8-4, 4-4 SEC) will face Illinois (8-4, 5-4 Big 10) in the ReliaQuest Bowl on Jan. 2 (11 a.m., ESPN) in Tampa, Florida.
Leach brought his Air Raid offense to Starkville in January 2020 and he’s 19-17 in three seasons with Mississippi State.
Also he coached at Texas Tech and Washington State before joining the Bulldogs. He has a 158-107 record in 21 seasons.
Mike Leach condition
Mississippi State said in a statement late Monday morning that Leach “remains in critical condition.”
The college football community has been praying for the coach’s health.
“Mike Leach needs a miracle, folks. Continue to pray,” Robbie Faulk, who covers the Bulldogs for 247 Sports, tweeted Sunday.
School president Mark E. Keenum and interim athletic director Bracky Brett said defensive coordinator Zach Arnett is “in charge of the MSU football team” with Leach hospitalized.
“Coach Leach is a fighter, and he is battling,” Sid Salter, chief communications officer at Mississippi State, told WLBT in Jackson.
After the regular season, Leach told ESPN he had battled pneumonia throughout the season, but was feeling better.
Leach is well known for his comedic press conferences and is one of the most recognizable faces and voices in college football.