Illinois Football Offers Condolences to Mississippi State Head Coach Mike Leach – NBC Chicago

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On Tuesday, the sports world was saddened to learn of the passing of Mississippi State head football coach Mike Leach, who died of heart complications, the school said.

After hearing the news, several sports personalities reacted to the news and offered their condolences, grievances and stories about the legendary head coach. Along with those who spoke, Illinois football head coach Bret Bielema and athletic director Josh Whitman contributed to Leach’s memory and showed their sympathy to the family.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike Leach’s family,” Bielema said in a statement. “Today is a sad day for college football. We have lost a great coach, a wonderful person, and one of the legendary personalities in our sport. Mike and I forged a long friendship after our first meeting at the Alamo Bowl in early 2000s. We shared so many memories over the years. RIP, Mike.”

“On behalf of Illinois Athletics, we are saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Leach,” Whitman said in a statement. “Coach Leach was one of our game’s great innovators and a beloved figure in college football. Our hearts go out to the Leach family, their former players, and everyone at Mississippi State Football.”

Leach, 61, has been on the coaching scene since 1987. From 2000 to 2009, he got his first break as head coach at Texas Tech. From 2012 to 2019, he then served as the head coach of the Washington State football team. He spent the last three seasons at Mississippi State.

He has a head coaching record of 158-107 and a bowl record of 8-9. He won the 2018 College Football Head Coach of the Year award.

According to Leach’s family, in a statement released by the school on Tuesday, he participated in organ donation at the University of Mississippi Medical Center as a “last act of charity.”

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