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BYU Football Pays Tribute To Mike Leach With Helmet Decal

Dec 17, 2022, 4:32 PM
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Mississippi State head coach Mike Leached passed away at the age of 61. Social media was filled with memories of the head coach. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – BYU football paid tribute to Alum Mike Leach during the 2022 New Mexico Bowl.

The back of BYU’s black Sailor Coug helmet features a pirate flag decal in honor of Leach.

A BYU Alum, Mike Leach, was big on pirate culture. His book, written by Bruce Feldman was titled, “Swing Your Sword.”

Through the first two days of the Bowl Season, other college football programs have created tributes to Mike Leach on their helmets. The Florida Gators had a helmet decal that read, “MIKE,” with a Mississippi State cowbell forming the “I” in Mike.

Leach passed away on December 13 due to a heart condition. Reports have indicated that Leach suffered a heart attack one day before.

After Leach passed away, the BYU football community extended prayers and support to the Leach family.

BYU AD Tom Holmoe expressed thoughts and prayers for Mike Leach

“I am devastated to hear of Mike’s passing. Mike was a BYU Alum and has been a friend of ours for many years. His daughter and son both worked in our athletic department while BYU students and were incredible young people. We love the Leach family, and we offer our constant prayers and sincere condolences at this time.

“Mike’s connections to BYU and our football program is strong. He is a strong branch of the LaVell Edwards coaching tree. He didn’t play football at BYU but could see the possibilities for his coaching future by learning LaVell’s system. His success on the field is matched by his joy for life and the many people like me, who call him friend.

“Peace and love to the Leach family. ‘Til we meet again, Coach.”

Kalani Sitake on the passing of Leach

“We are all trying to process the news of Mike Leach’s passing today. My deepest, heartfelt condolences are for the entire Leach family. I truly enjoyed and appreciated my friendship with Mike. His son Cody also worked with me on our staff. Mike has left us way too soon. We will all feel his missing presence as an exceptional coach, leader, father, husband and friend and as one of the biggest personalities in our game.”

New Mexico Bowl

BYU versus SMU in the 2022 New Mexico Bowl kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on ABC and KSL NewsRadio.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Mitch is in Albuquerque for the 2022 New Mexico Bowl between BYU and SMU. Follow his coverage on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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