Former VSU assistant Leach to lead Mississippi State

Mike Leach

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Multiple sources are reporting that Mississippi State has hired Mike Leach to be the Bulldogs’ next head football coach.

Leach is coming from Washington State, where he led the Cougars to a 55-47 record over eight seasons.

Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen tweeted an image Thursday afternoon of Leach signing his contract with the school. Leach’s Twitter account, Coach_Leach, reflected the hiring only in his biography, which now ends with #HailState.

The new Bulldogs mentor is no stranger to the SEC or to the south. A protege of Air Raid offense guru Hal Mumme, Leach served as Mumme’s offensive coordinator at Kentucky from 1997-98.

Prior to coaching at Kentucky, Leach had a much more local connection. He was Mumme’s assistant at Valdosta State from 1992-96. With the Blazers, he and Mumme installed the Air Raid, initially putting the program on the map with its first postseason appearances.

Leach takes over a Mississippi State program that went 6-7 in the 2019 season, dropping its final game, the Music City Bowl, to Louisville. Joe Moorhead, who spent two seasons at the helm for the Bulldogs, was fired Jan. 3.

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