Mississippi State football coach heath update: Mike Leach airlifted to medical center after listed in critical condition

The latest update on the status of Mississippi State football head coach Mike Leach, who was taken to UMCC on Sunday for treatment of a “personal health issue” that has not been revealed, was provided early on Monday morning.

A spokesperson at UMMC, Marc Rolph, texted AP on Monday that Leach was in serious condition. According to Mississippi State University, 61-year-old Leach originally sought medical attention at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.

As Mississippi State’s head coach for the third year in a row, Leach has guided the Bulldogs to a 19-17 record. He admitted to having pneumonia late in the season, the cause of his chronic cough, but it was unclear whether this most recent condition was connected to the pneumonia.

“Mississippi State University head football coach Mike Leach remains in critical condition at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson,” the statement stated. “Mike’s family is with him and appreciates the overwhelming expressions of love and support for the coach, but also requests their family’s privacy be respected at this time.”

Media went on, “That is the extent of the information that MSU has available regarding Coach Leach’s condition and the university will make no other comment at this time. MSU will issue additional information via social media when it becomes available.”

At before 11 p.m. CT on Sunday, sources told that the “situation remained to be critical,” adding that Leach was still struggling and that prayers for him and his family were much appreciated.

Leach’s coaching professional debut in 2020, when he was hired at Mississippi. In his first seven seasons at the helm of the team, Leach has led Washington State to a record-setting five bowl trips.


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