Twitter Explodes With Memories Of Football Coach Mike Leach
SALT LAKE CITY – The passing of Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach sent shockwaves through the sports world. Leach died on Monday, December 12 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He was 61 years old.
Since Mississippi State announced Leach’s passing, the football community has shared some of their favorite memories of the coach, who was never afraid to say what was on his mind.
Here are some of the notable reactions around Twitter celebrating the life of Mike Leach.
MSU Bulldog family, college football community mourns the death of Coach Mike Leachhttps://t.co/LzWyLyX3xM
— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 13, 2022
— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 13, 2022
It’s hard to put into words the impact that Mike Leach had on the players he coached, the game of football and me personally.He was a unique personality and independent thinker and a great friend. No one had a greater influence on my life other than my father. Rest In Peace coach
— Sonny Dykes (@CoachSonnyDykes) December 13, 2022
This job is amazing. But it can’t be done unless people let you in.
In 2014, three months after moving to the west coast I heard that Mike Leach walked to work every day. I asked if I could join one day. He didn’t really know me but he said “Sure. Wear good shoes.” pic.twitter.com/oytu9E23Gv
— Chantel Jennings (@ChantelJennings) December 13, 2022
There will never be another Mike Leach.
Here’s Coach Leach giving a weather report.pic.twitter.com/bvJko0XcxD
— OutKick (@Outkick) December 13, 2022
Mike Leach was more than an incredible, innovative, impactful, successful, popular football coach. He was all that as a husband to Sharon and a father to Janeen, Kimberly, Cody & Kiersten! Brilliant, thoughtful, kind man who taught me so much in so many different ways. RIP Coach! pic.twitter.com/blaNBbhLfi
— Dana Holgorsen (@Holgorsendana) December 13, 2022
I once witnessed Mike Leach put ice cubes in his beer.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) December 13, 2022
— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) December 13, 2022
Condolences to Mike Leach’s family. I’ll never forget @CollegeGameDay trip to Pullman. He asked me to be on his coach’s show. We might’ve talked ball. Gave me my first sip of Cuban coffee. Expounded on Geronimo as a leader. Fine man. Influential coach. We will miss him. pic.twitter.com/FBQVKgGeMu
— Rece Davis (@ReceDavis) December 13, 2022
Mike Leach’s Pac 12 mascot battle was an all timer.
Prayers are with him today. pic.twitter.com/Ix6DZNxCET
— Barstool College Football Show (@BarstoolCFB) December 12, 2022
Here’s Mike Leach talking about ‘the best party he’s ever been to’ back in 2017:
‘It’s called Flora-Bama, right on the border of Florida & Alabama… you go & there’s like 3 different bands plays… a heaping of crawfish for like $5… fantastic people watching.’
— Brett Greenberg (@74Talk) December 13, 2022
Today is a sad day in the world of college football. Mike Leach was an innovative football mind, who kept us on our toes. I always enjoyed facing off with him over the years.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike’s family and friends during this difficult time. 🙏💙🙏
— Mack Brown (@CoachMackBrown) December 13, 2022
The game against Texas in 2008 was when I knew Mike Leach was that dude.pic.twitter.com/7dwjerFJrB
— Big Game Boomer (@BigGameBoomer) December 13, 2022
Covering Mike Leach was funny because he’d refuse to offer anything worthwhile about his team one minute, then give a thorough account of life with a pet raccoon the next.
There is no mind like his, and I’m praying we get to enjoy his musings again soon.pic.twitter.com/MQkSVnRFz4
— Darnay Tripp (@DarnayTripp) December 12, 2022
There will never be another Mike Leach. pic.twitter.com/8cDLTGtkhy
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) December 13, 2022
My favorite Mike Leach quote comes from a story I wrote while visiting Pullman in 2017, describing the altered weekly routine as Wazzu prepped for a rare Friday night game with USC. https://t.co/nv2HhoRpQ4 pic.twitter.com/NZCksRuwoV
— Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) December 13, 2022
Mike Leach was a legend way before this moment, but this is when I knew him coming to the SEC was going to be everything I had hoped for and more.
I still use this tactic when doing any public speaking engagements. 🐐 pic.twitter.com/HqjLBW6PKY
— Clint Lamb (@ClintRLamb) December 13, 2022
Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach has passed away at age 61. pic.twitter.com/5LrhseZyaT
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) December 13, 2022
— Washington State Football (@WSUCougarFB) December 13, 2022
Got to have a few beers with Mike Leach one evening several years ago and have wanted to spend more time with him ever since. Such a cool cool dude. RIP coach.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) December 13, 2022
I cannot begin to say what an honor and a privilege it was to cover Mike Leach. He was so much more than the cartoon character some painted him out to be. He was a legendary coach, but an even better man. My life has been enriched by knowing him. I will miss him terribly.
— Steve Robertson (@ScoutSteveR) December 13, 2022
Mike Leach was a head football coach in:
– Starkville, Mississippi
– Pullman, Washington
– Lubbock, Texas
– Pori, Finland
safe to say that there won’t ever be another one quite like him
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) December 13, 2022
For those who love college football, it’s quirkiness, unique offenses, youthful spirit are a significant part of that. Mike leach embodied so many things that make the sport fun. Even better — he shared them w so many people. He let us in. #RIPCoachLeach
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) December 13, 2022
Mike Leach was the rare individual who didn’t have to say a word to be the most interesting man in the room.pic.twitter.com/NTtXayaYgd
— Matt Schick (@ESPN_Schick) December 13, 2022
Mike Leach giving marriage advice might be my all-time favorite sports interview. RIP Coach Leach. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/CUlhC5oFAk
— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) December 13, 2022
This was exactly two years ago after Auburn vs. Mississippi State. Dec. 12, 2020.
I asked Mike Leach if his offense took a step back in a 24-10 loss. He turned to quiz me on if my writing had gotten a little flat. He said he’d like to see for himself… pic.twitter.com/8QtPzThoX9
— Tyler Horka (@tbhorka) December 13, 2022
We mourn the loss of Coach Mike Leach. Our thoughts are with his family and the Mississippi State football community.@KliffKingsbury shared his thoughts on the passing of his college coach. pic.twitter.com/Qb87WvqqFX
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 13, 2022
Mike, I love you and we will miss you. pic.twitter.com/gFYuqgqg7m
— Kyle Whittingham (@UtahCoachWhitt) December 13, 2022
Mike Leach was a brilliant football mind.
I’ve always found his work in coaching to be fascinating.
His career arc was unique. Didn’t play football, had a law degree, and gave national spotlights and energy to low profile P5 programs.
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) December 13, 2022
MIKE LEACH FACTS:
— Played four years at BYU … in rugby
— Graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law
— Respected and admired throughout the college football community
— 𝗧𝗥𝗢𝗬 𝗛𝗨𝗚𝗛𝗘𝗦 (@TommySledge) December 13, 2022
Mike Leach was one of one. Very bright, wise, curious, quirky, interested in many things. I’ll recall our many unique conversations over the years: always a blend of funny and deep. In recent years, he was too often touched by tragedy. I’ll miss him. So will CFB #MikeLeach
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) December 13, 2022
RIP Mike my friend, you’ll always be cherished by Sooner Nation! Love and peace to Sharon and your children. pic.twitter.com/BunOTeLuTC
— Bob Stoops (@CoachBobStoops) December 13, 2022
You will certainly be missed, but your impact on so many will live on-
Thankful for every moment. You changed my life and so many others.
All of our prayers are with Sharon & the Leach family-
Rest In Peace my friend🙏 pic.twitter.com/C43e2MZvBB
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) December 13, 2022
RIP to a man who changed this game and so many lives within it. pic.twitter.com/q4w2gDOJO0
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) December 13, 2022