Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach was in critical condition Monday after the school announced he was hospitalized with a “personal health issue.”
University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) spokesman Marc Rolph told the Associated Press that Leach was listed in critical condition. The school initially said he was treated at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville. UMMC is located in Jackson, about 125 miles from the Mississippi State campus.
Leach had previously acknowledged a bout of pneumonia late in the 2022 season that was causing persistent illness, but it was unclear if his recent illness was related to this ailment.
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The state of Mississippi also offered a new statement on Leach’s condition.
“Mississippi State University head football coach Mike Leach remains in critical condition at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson,” the school said Monday. “Mike’s family stands with him and appreciates the overwhelming expressions of love and support for Coach, but also requests that his family’s privacy be respected at this time.
“That is the extent of the information MSU has available about Coach Leach’s condition, and the university will not comment further at this time. MSU will release additional information via social media as it becomes available.”
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A report from the Clarion Ledger revealed details about Leach.
The 61-year-old soccer coach suffered a massive heart attack at his home and did not receive medical attention for 10 to 15 minutes, according to the outlet. Arriving medical personnel reportedly used a defibrillator and shocked his heart to return it to a normal rhythm.
Sources told the newspaper that the situation is “serious” and that the coach may have suffered seizures and possible brain damage from the incident.
Sid Salter, Mississippi State’s director of communications, told WLBT-TV that premature rumors of Leach’s death “should be ignored.”
“Coach Leach is a fighter and he’s fighting,” Salter told the station.
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The state of Mississippi disclosed Leach’s health issue on Sunday.
“Mississippi State University head football coach Mike Leach had a personal health concern at home earlier today,” the school said Sunday. “That issue led to the decision to transfer Coach Leach to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson by ambulance.”
“That is the extent of the information MSU has available about Coach Leach’s condition, and the university will not comment further at this time other than to say that the university’s thoughts and prayers are with Mike, Sharon and their family.” .
According to Sports Illustrated, Leach’s health situation was “critical.”
Leach took over at Mississippi State ahead of the 2020 season after eight successful years at Washington State. In 36 games since 2020, he is 19-17 and has led the Bulldogs to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons.
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Mississippi State went 8-4 this season. Leach went viral multiple times while speaking to reporters.
Associated Press contributed to this report.