After parting ways with Joe Moorhead after just two seasons, the Mississippi State Bulldogs announced today that they have hired fan favorite Mike Leach as his replacement. Leach, coached the Washington State Cougars in 2018. He was believed to be a leading candidate for both the Arkansas and Ole Miss vacancies. He had signed an extension to remain in Pullman through the 2024 season late last year.
Just over one month later, Leach decided to pack his bags for Starkville. Coming off of just his fourth losing season in his 18 year career, Leach looks to make a big splash in the SEC. We expect that the deal will exceed his five-year agreement that would have brought the coach upwards of $20 Million.
Most Exciting Egg Bowl Ever
Fortunately for fans across the country, Leach is not the only huge hire in the SEC this offseason. In fact, he’s not even the only major hire in the state of Mississippi. That’s right, I’m talking about Lane Kiffin’s decision to head the Ole Miss Rebels. While there’s no telling how Leach’s infamous motivational tactics will work out in the SEC, I for one can not wait to see the absolute electric factory that will be a Leach vs. Kiffin matchup in primetime.
Leach runs an Air Raid offense learned under Hal Mumme in the ’90’s. A product of BYU, Leach bounced around until joining with Mumme at Iowa Wesleyan in 1989. He then made the move with Mumme to Valdosta State, then to Kentucky, where he served as Mumme’s Offensive Coordinator. After coordinating the offense for Bob Stoops and Oklahoma in 1999, he ventured out on his own to start the new millennium, leading Texas Tech to a division title in 2008. Leach won the Big 12 Coach of the Year that same year. In 2012, Leach went out to the West Coast, leading Washington State to a bowl in his second season. The Cougars hadn’t been bowling in a decade. While not always successful, Leach’s Wazzu teams have typically exceeded expectations. Only time will tell if he will be able to do the same at Mississippi State.