Mississippi State coach Mike Leach is rushed to hospital after a ‘personal health issue’ at home: College football fans take to social media to express their emotions
- Mississippi State confirmed that coach Mike Leach was taken to the hospital
- In a statement, they said he had a “personal health problem” at home
- He was transported 125 miles by ambulance from Starkville to Jackson, Mississippi
- There was an outpouring of emotion from college football fans on social media
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Mississippi state coach Mike Leach was hospitalized Sunday after experiencing what the school called “a personal health problem” at his home.
The school has not provided any other information about 61-year-old Leach’s health.
Leach was taken by ambulance from his home in Starkville to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, about 125 miles away.
Mike Leach, photographed Nov. 24, has been rushed to hospital following a medical emergency
Leach speaks with his quarterback Will Rogers during the first half of a game against Mississippi
“That is the extent of information MSU has available on Coach Leach’s condition, and the University will not make any comment at this time other than to say that the University’s thoughts and prayers are with Mike and Sharon and their families.” , the school said.
On Twitter, journalist Robbie Faulk — who covers the Mississippi State beat — wrote that Leach “needs a miracle” Sunday night.
Defense Coordinator Zach Arnett will serve as interim head coach during Leach’s absence.
Mississippi State No. 22 (8-4) will face Illinois (8-4) on Jan. 2 in the ReliaQuest Bowl in Tampa, Florida.
Leach is in his third season with the Bulldogs and has a 19-17 record. Overall, he is 158-107 in 21 seasons with Texas Tech (2000-09), Washington State (2012-19) and Mississippi State.
Fans took to social media to praise the beloved college football coach
There was an outpouring of emotion from college football fans on Sunday night, with a local sports anchor admitting she was “still trying to wrap her head around the news.”
In a tweet, Grace Ybarra commented, “Mike Leach was in good spirits last night at a Christmas party with many of us in the media. Please keep praying for him.’
One fan wrote, “As a Tech Alum, I’ve seen a lot of Mike Leach comeback wins. I pray this is his biggest yet,” while another added, “Mike Leach is a national treasure. Praying for a miracle with his health condition. College football needs him on the sidelines.”