New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones began his postgame press conference Monday night after the team’s win over the Arizona Cardinals by offering his thoughts and prayers to Mike Leach.
Mississippi State said Leach was in critical condition after suffering a “personal health issue” on Sunday. Jones played at Alabama for Nick Saban.
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“First, I want to make an opening statement. I want to send my thoughts and prayers to Coach Leach and his family,” Jones said. “He offered me a scholarship to Washington state and I didn’t meet him, but I spoke to him on the phone. I’m just praying for his family for everything he’s going through.”
The state of Mississippi offered a new statement on Leach’s condition early Monday.
“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.”
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“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,” the statement continued.
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.”
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“Coach Leach is a fighter and he’s fighting,” Salter told the station.