WSU

Ex-WSU, current Mississippi St coach Mike Leach listed in critical condition

Dec 12, 2022, 10:27 AM
Mike Leach...
Mississippi State coach Mike Leach talks before a game on Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi State coach Mike Leach was hospitalized in critical condition Monday, the day after what the university called “a personal health issue” at his home in Starkville forced him to be airlifted to a medical facility in Jackson.

Leach was admitted Sunday to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) from the Mississippi State campus.

UMMC spokesman Marc Rolph said Monday in a text message to AP that Leach’s condition was listed in critical condition. The 61-year-old Leach was initially treated at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville, the university said.

Leach is in his third season at Mississippi State, with a 19-17 record. He was previously head coach of the WSU Cougars from 2012-19.

He acknowledged a bout with pneumonia late in the season that was causing a persistent cough, but it was unclear whether his recent illness was related to this latest ailment.

The school said Sunday 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.”

Messages of concern and support for Leach poured over social media from former players, and colleagues and rivals across college football.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike Leach, his wife Sharon, their family and the doctors treating him,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement. “Mike’s infectious personality and passion for the game have impacted the sport in so many positive ways during his career.”

Leach, known for his prolific Air Raid offenses, is 158-107 in 21 seasons as a head coach at Texas Tech, Washington State and Mississippi State.

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.

WSU

WSU...
The Associated Press

Jakimovski, Powell, Gueye help WSU Cougars past ASU 75-58

Andrej Jakimovski scored a career-high 22 points to help the WSU Cougars beat Arizona State 75-58 in Pac-12 action on Saturday night.
3 days ago
WSU...
The Associated Press

No. 6 Arizona Wildcats beat WSU Cougars 63-58 to split series

Azuolas Tubelis had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats as No. 6 Arizona beat the WSU Cougars 63-58 on Thursday night.
5 days ago
WSU HC Jake Dickert...
The Associated Press

WSU Cougars HC Jake Dickert agrees to extension through 2027

WSU head football coach Jake Dickert has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him tied to the Cougars through the 2027 season.
6 days ago
Colorado WSU KJ Simpson...
The Associated Press

WSU falls 58-55 after Colorado’s tie-breaking 3 in final seconds

Tristan da Silva scored 27 points on 11-of-13 shooting, KJ Simpson hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and Colorado beat WSU 58-55.
9 days ago
WSU Utah...
The Associated Press

Carlson’s 28 helps Utah beat WSU 77-63 to end 3-game skid

Branden Carlson scored a career-high 28 points to lead Utah to a 77-63 victory over WSU on Thursday night to end a three-game losing streak.
12 days ago
WSU Chau Smith-Wade Sam Lockett III...
Brent Stecker

WSU broadcaster Chazanow breaks down football schedule, new coaches

Following the release of the Pac-12 football schedules for 2023, WSU lead broadcaster Matt Chazanow joined Bump and Stacy to talk the Cougs.
12 days ago
Ex-WSU, current Mississippi St coach Mike Leach listed in critical condition