Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach was hospitalized due to a health issue that occurred at his home on Sunday and is in critical condition.
Leach was transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, according to a university statement. The institution supplied no other information, although the Clarion Ledger claimed on Monday that Leach suffered a catastrophic heart attack.
Leach, 61, told ESPN after the conclusion of the regular season that he had pneumonia during the season but was “feeling better.” Mississippi State said Sunday that Leach had a “personal health issue.” On Monday, MSU said Leach’s family is by his side at the hospital.
“Mike’s family is with him and appreciates the outpouring of love and support for the coach, but they also ask that their family’s privacy be respected at this time,” an MSU statement stated. “That is the only information MSU has about Coach Leach’s condition, and the university will make no further statement at this time.”
Leach is in his third season as Mississippi State’s head coach. He is 19-17 in that span, including an 8-4 mark this year. Prior to arriving in Starkville, Leach spent eight seasons as the head coach at Washington State and 10 seasons at Texas Tech. Overall, Leach has a 158-107 record as a head coach.
MSU defensive coordinator Zach Arnett has been placed in charge of the football team “until Coach Leach returns,” the school said. MSU will play in the ReliaQuest Bowl vs. Illinois on Jan. 2.
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