“Mike was a caring and caring husband, father and grandfather,” Leach’s family said in a statement announcing his death.
STARKVILLE, Miss — Mike Leach, the grumpy, pioneering, and unfiltered college football coach who helped revolutionize the passing game with his Air Raid offense, has died “after the complications of heart disease,” Mississippi State said Tuesday. He was 61.
Leach, who is in his third season as head coach at Mississippi State, fell ill Sunday at his home in Starkville, Mississippi. He was treated at a local hospital before being airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, about 120 miles away.
“Mike … was a caring and caring husband, father and grandfather,” Leach’s family said in a statement through the athletics department. “He was able to participate in organ donation at UMMC as a final act of charity. We are supported and uplifted by love and prayers from family, friends, Mississippi State University, hospital staff and football fans around the world. Thank you for sharing the joy in the lives of our dear husbands and fathers.”
Leach has been battling pneumonia towards the end of this season, coughing uncontrollably at press conferences, but seems to be improving, according to people who work with him.
News of him being seriously ill has spread throughout college football over the past few days and left many who know him stunned, hoping and praying for Leach’s recovery from the dire circumstances.
His impact on college football over the past two decades has been profound and will continue for years to come.
Leach is known for his cheerful offenses, wide interests – he wrote a book about the Native American leader Geronimo, had a passion for piracy, taught a class about floating warfare wake up – and rambling, inappropriate press conferences.
Leach’s teams are consistent winners at shows where success doesn’t come easy. During his 21 seasons as a head coach at Texas Tech, Washington State, and Mississippi State, Leach scored 158-107. And his quarterbacks put up massive passes stats, performing a relatively simple attack called the Air Strike that he didn’t invent but certainly did. proficient.
Defensive coordinator Zach Arnett was assigned by Mississippi State President Mark Keenum and interim athletic director Bracky Brett to take charge of the football team during Leach’s hospitalization as the team prepared to appear for the ReliaQuest Bowl against Illinois on Wednesday. January 2 in Tampa, Florida.
https://www.king5.com/article/news/nation-world/mississippi-state-mike-leach-dead/507-2c1faf04-d718-40fe-ae88-d0f304a79ec9 Mike Leach dies after heart condition complications: MSU