Mike Leach’s epic tirades and clever jokes were recalled as the Mississippi State coach struggled with health issues

Mike Leach, Mississippi state football coach, was known for installing an offense wherever he trained that helped his quarterback achieve 4,000 or more passing yards no matter where he went.

Kliff Kingsbury, BJ Symons, Graham Harrell, Luke Falk, Gardner Minshew and Will Rogers were just a few of the quarterbacks who pulled off the feat.

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Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban shakes hands with Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach prior to their game at Davis Wade Stadium on October 16, 2021 in Starkville, Mississippi.

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban shakes hands with Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach prior to their game at Davis Wade Stadium on October 16, 2021 in Starkville, Mississippi.
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Better than his offense, however, would have been the rants or clever jokes he would have cracked between games. From aliens to coffee to wedding advice, Leach had thoughts and opinions on the subject. As Sports Illustrated reported that Leach’s health was “critical,” college football fans recalled some of the 61-year-old coach’s best moments.

The school said Sunday that Leach was hospitalized with a “personal health issue.”

MIKE LEACH OF MISSISSIPPI STATE HOSPITALIZED WITH ‘PERSONAL HEALTH PROBLEMS’, SCHOOL SAYS

Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach and Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin speak before the game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Oxford, Mississippi.

Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach and Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin speak before the game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Oxford, Mississippi.
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“Mississippi State University Head Football Coach Mike Leach had a personal health issue at his home earlier this morning,” the school said. “This issue led to the decision to ambulance Coach Leach to the University of Mississippi Medical Center at Jackson.”

“This is the extent of the information available to MSU regarding Coach Leach’s condition and the university will have no comment at this time other than to say that the university’s thoughts and prayers are with Mike and Sharon and their are family.”

Leach took over at Mississippi State ahead of the 2020 season after eight successful years at Washington State. He’s 19-17 in 36 games since 2020 and has led the Bulldogs to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons.

Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach before the game against the Auburn Tigers at Davis Wade Stadium on November 5, 2022 in Starkville, Mississippi.

Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach before the game against the Auburn Tigers at Davis Wade Stadium on November 5, 2022 in Starkville, Mississippi.
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Mississippi State was 8-4 this season. Leach went viral several times while speaking to reporters.

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