Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach in critical condition
Jackson, Mississippi - Mississippi State football head coach Mike Leach was transported from his home to the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Sunday following a "personal health issue," the school announced.
On Monday, the team released an update on Leach via Twitter that he is still in the hospital.
"Mississippi State University head football coach Mike Leach remains in critical condition at the University Medical Center in Jackson," its statement read.
"Mike's family is with him and appreciates the overwhelming expressions of love and support for the coach, but also requests that their family's privacy be respected at this time."
Leach reportedly suffered a massive heart attack and possible seizures, with the possibility of brain damage.
The team's defensive coordinator Zach Arnett will serve as interim head coach for the Bulldogs.
Regarded as one of the most innovative offensive coaches in college football, Leach has developed an extensive coaching resume over the years that has had a profound effect on the landscape of the game.
The elite coaching tree he is a part of includes Lincoln Riley of USC, Dana Holgorsen of Houston, and current Arizona Cardinals coach and former Red Raiders quarterback Kliff Kingsbury – all of whom shared kind words to Leach and his family during this time.
The college football world prays for Mike Leach
Following the news of Leach's emergency, many of his former coaches and colleagues quickly took to Twitter to share their thoughts and well wishes.
"Prayers for my good friend Mike Leach. Please keep Coach and his family in your prayers," Riley tweeted.
Holgorsen, who coached under Leach at Texas Tech for years before becoming Houston's head coach, appeared to be broken up over the news.
"My thoughts are with my mentor, my colleague and, more importantly, my friend, Mike Leach. While I am devastated by today's news, I know Mike is a fighter with an incredible spirit and I know he will continue to battle. Prayers to Sharon and their extended family," Holgorsen shared.
LSU head coach Brian Kelly also shared kind words for Leach, despite their rivalry. The Tigers and Mississippi State have had the quite epic matchups as of late, particularly when Leach led the Bulldogs into Baton Rouge to kick off the 2020 season with a stunning upset win in his first game at the helm. Kelly and his Tigers got the better of him in this year's game, however, outplaying the Bulldogs in the SEC West rival game.
"Please keep Mike Leach in your prayers tonight," Kelly wrote via Twitter, adding, "We are thinking about Mike, his wife Sharon, and all of his family, friends and players."
Mississippi State University will continue to release additional information via social media as it becomes available.
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