Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach was hospitalized on Sunday and remains in critical condition. He was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson following a personal health emergency.
Statement From The University
The University tweeted on Monday, 12/12/2022, that Leach remains in critical condition. His family is with him and appreciates the overwhelming love and support. They are also respecting the family’s privacy at this time.
The Clarion-Ledger of Mississippi is reporting that he suffered a massive heart attack. Leached collapsed at his home in Starkville on Sunday and did not receive medical attention for 10 to 15 minutes. The EMS response used a defibrillator machine and delivered multiple shocks to restore normal heart rhythm. He was then transported to the hospital. It is being reported he might have suffered seizures and possibly even brain damage.
Who Is Mike Leach?
Mike Leach has been the head coach for the Mississippi State Bulldogs since the 2020 season. His team went 4-7 in his first season before recording winning records in back-to-back years. Mississippi State finished the 2022 season with an 8-4 overall record and ranked 24th in the AP Poll.
Leach has previously coached at Washington State and Texas Tech. His 150 career wins are the second-most among current SEC coaches and fourth-most among active Power 5 coaches.
Next Steps For The Program
Everyone, including the program, hopes Mike Leach has a speedy recovery and is back soon. Mississippi State is scheduled to play in the 2023 ReliaQuest Bowl on January 2nd against Illinois in Tampa. Defensive coordinator Zach Arnett has been named the interim head coach and will be in charge of the football team until Leach returns. This includes getting ready for the bowl game and recruiting operations.
Arnett has been with the program since 2020. He was previously with San Diego State as a defensive coordinator and linebacker coach. Arnett played linebacker for his home state, New Mexico Lobos, from 2005-2008.
We hope for a speedy recovery for Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach.