Legendary college football coach, Mike Leach, passes away at 61

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Mississippi State University Head Football Coach Mike Leach passed away on Monday, Dec. 12 in Jackson, Mississippi. He suffered from complications from a heart condition.

He grew up in smalltown, historic Cody, Wyoming, which was named after Colonel William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody for founding the town in 1896. It is also located just a little over 50 miles from Yellowstone. Old Trail Town, which is a restoration of more than 25 historic Western buildings and artifacts, is also located in Cody.

Coach Leach will best be remembered for changing the game of America’s favorite sport. Some say his “Air Raid” offense changed the game.

Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum said: “Mike’s keen intellect and unvarnished candor made him one of the nation’s true coaching legends. His passing brings great sadness to our university, to the Southeastern Conference, and to all who loved college football. I will miss Mike’s profound curiosity, his honesty, and his wide-open approach to pursuing excellence in all things.”

He became Mississippi State’s 34th head football coach in 2020, and led the Bulldogs to a 19-17 record and bowl appearances in all three seasons. Leach’s offense led the SEC passing in each of the last two seasons.

Story via Brandon Langlois and Sid Salter with Mississippi State Athletics