Former WSU football coach Mike Leach airlifted to hospital, listed in critical condition

Former WSU football coach Mike Leach airlifted to hospital, listed in critical condition

Mike Leach, the current Mississippi State football coach and former Washington State University coach, was hospitalized in critical condition Monday, a day after being airlifted to a medical facility in Jackson due to what the university described as a “personal health issue” at his home in Starkville.

Leach was admitted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Sunday, approximately 125 miles from the Mississippi State campus.

Head coach Mike Leach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs looks on during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Davis Wade Stadium on October 08, 2022 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)

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In a text message to the Associated Press on Monday, UMMC spokesperson Marc Rolph stated that Leach’s status was critical. According to the university, Leach, 61, was initially treated at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.

Leach has a 19-17 record in his third season at Mississippi State. He admitted to having pneumonia late in the season, which had left him with a lingering cough, but it was unclear whether his recent illness was related to this latest ailment.

Update on Head Football Coach Mike Leach: Mississippi State Football, Twitter.

The university said on Sunday that it would not comment further on Leach’s condition, but that “the institution’s thoughts and prayers are with Mike and (wife) Sharon and their family.”

Coach Leach’s family “is with him and appreciates the enormous messages of love and support for the coach, but also wishes that their family’s privacy be respected at this time,” according to a new statement released by the school on Monday.