I’m still in shock from the news that college football coaching legend Mike Leach has passed away at 61.
The college football icon passed away as the result of a severe heart attack, and my heart breaks for his wife and family, as well as Mississippi State and the entire college football community that knew and loved him.
His family shared in a statement today:
“Mike was a giving and attentive husband, father and grandfather. He was able to participate in organ donation at UMMC as a final act of charity.
We are supported and uplifted by the outpouring of love and prayers from family, friends, Mississippi State University, the hospital staff, and football fans around the world.
Thank you for sharing in the joy of our beloved husband and father’s life.”
For me, I’ll never forget watching Texas Tech square off against Texas back in 2008, the year I truly started getting into watching college football.
Leach’s wide open, up tempo air raid attack, which he’s widely known as the father of on the college football landscape, was so fun to watch, I watched nearly every Texas Tech game I could that season, and it truly left a mark on how I view football today.
Needless to say, it’s been incredibly difficult to process that he’ll no longer be standing on the sidelines, and it’s easy to see how much the guy was loved from the outpour of support and praise from fellow coaches, and college football media personalities alike.
I’m just trying to relive the good times and memories that Leach left on this planet before his passing, and this one right here always immediately comes to mind.
Here we have a video of Leach hanging out with his former team at Washington State back in 2019 in Lewiston, Idaho.
Most coaches would probably be somewhere else, and definitely not in the pool, swimming and chilling with his players.
But of course, Mike Leach was having the time of his life.
In the footage, you can hear the team begin to chant “LEACH, LEACH, LEACH,” begging him to do a belly flop.
He agrees, jumps out of the pool and runs to the side, and delivers a 10/10 belly flop at the request of his players.