Mississippi State honors Mike Leach with pirate flag on his helmet

Mississippi State honors Mike Leach with pirate flag on his helmet
Mississippi State honors Mike Leach with pirate flag on his helmet

Mississippi State put aside its traditional school logos to honor former coach Mike Leach in Monday’s ReliaQuest Bowl against Illinois.

The Bulldogs

sports a pirate flag on the side, on Monday morning.

Leach, who was nicknamed “The Pirate,” died Dec. 12 of heart disease. He was 61 years old.

Leach coached three seasons at Mississippi State. He has already served as head coach twice, at Texas Tech (2000-09) and Washington State (2012-19).

He was the American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2018. His 158 career wins were fifth among active FBS coaches this season.

But his legacy went far beyond wins and losses. His coaching tree has spread everywhere, including Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, TCU coach Sonny Dykes, USC coach Lincoln Riley, Baylor coach Dave Aranda, the Houston coach Dana Holgorsen, North Texas coach Seth Littrell and Nevada coach Ken Wilson.

Many schools involved in bowl games, including some that had no direct connection to Leach, used helmet stickers to pay tribute to the coach who helped revolutionize the game by spreading the popularity of the game. Air Raid violation.

In a nod to its former coach, Texas Tech lined up in the Air Raid lineup — four receivers, a traffic jam and wide gaps among offensive linemen — early in their Texas Bowl game against Ole Miss.

Last month, many current and former FBS coaches traveled to Starkville, Mississippi, on the day of Leach’s memorial service signing.

Dykes, a disciple of Leach whose horned frogs were preparing to play in the college football playoffs, also made the trip. His team wore a Jolly Roger sticker on their helmets when they beat Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday.

. State Mississippi pays tribute Mike Leach with flag pirate on sound headphones

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