Sports world reacts to former WSU coach Mike Leach’s death

The former Washington State head coach has made a notable impact on the sport both on and off the field.

SEATTLE — The college football world lost one of its most unique characters this week when Mississippi State University on Tuesday announced the death of football coach Mike Leach from complications from a heart condition.

Leach, who was Washington State’s head coach from 2012 to 2019, has worked at Mississippi State since leaving Pullman. He was rushed to the hospital Sunday after falling ill and eventually flown to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Following the announcement of his passing on Tuesday, former colleagues, opponents and members of the media took to social media to vaguely remember Leach and his historic career.

Leach was 55-47 during his time at WSU. Athletic director Pat Chun released a statement Tuesday to remember Leach.

“Washington State University mourns the loss of Coach Mike Leach. Our deepest condolences to Sharon and the entire Leach family. Needless to say, there will never be another Mike Leach walking the earth again. He was a husband, father, grandfather, friend, football coach, teacher, lifelong learner, innovator, conversationalist and a pirate. WSU will forever be indebted to Coach Leach for the legacy he left for us at Pullman.”

Current WSU head coach Jake Dickert and Nick Rolovich, who replaced Leach as head coach in 2019, both shared tweets remembering him.

Current Washington head coach Kalen DeBoer never coached against Leach, but also appreciated Leach’s contributions to the sport throughout his long career.

Leach’s “airstrike” offense has become commonplace in college football, but many have focused on remembering the coach for his disrespectful and sometimes hilarious comments during press conferences.

One of the most memorable that was shared was Leach’s breakdown of which of the dozen Pac-12 mascots was most likely to win in a fight.

Another was an ESPN feature that asked Leach how he hoped to be remembered when he died one day, and he gave an answer that only he could think of.

“Well that’s their problem, they’re writing the obituary, what do I care, I’m dead,” Leach told ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap. Sports world reacts to former WSU coach Mike Leach’s death

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