Mississippi State’s Mike Leach Hospitalized After ‘Personal Health Issue’ At Home

Nov 6, 2021:NCAA Football, Ark 31:28 Miss St - Mississippi St Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach talks with an official about a call during the game at Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR


Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach was hospitalized on Sunday after suffering a “personal health issue” at his home earlier in the day, according to a statement from the university.

The 61-year-old Leach struggled with pneumonia earlier in the season, according to ESPN, but had been feeling better lately.

Leach had been at practice with the Bulldogs on Saturday as the team prepares for the ReliaQuest Bowl on January 2 against Illinois.

“That issue led to a decision to transfer Coach Leach to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson by ambulance,” the university said. “That is the extent of information that MSU has available regarding Coach Leach’s condition, and the university will make no other comment at this time other than to say that the thoughts and prayers of the university are with Mike and Sharon and their family.”

MSU President Mark E. Keenum and Interim MSU Athletics Director Bracky Brett have placed defensive coordinator Zach Arnett in charge of the program while it continues to prepare for the bowl game next month.

Leach is in his third year leading the Bulldogs and has previously had stints with Texas Tech and Washington State. The two-time national coach of the year is the pioneer of the revolutionary Air Raid offense.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Leach and his family during this time.

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