Mississippi State Football Hires Mike Leach As New Head Coach
The SEC coaching fraternity added a unique personality today, as Mississippi State agreed to terms with Mike Leach to be their next head football coach.
Mississippi State showed strong interest in Louisiana Ragin' Cajun head coach Billy Napier, who turned down an interview with the Bulldogs.
"I can't tell how you excited I am to be the head football coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs," Leach state in a statement. "I loved Washington State, but I am excited for the next chapter in the SEC. It's a privilege to be part of the MSU family, and we look forward to getting down to Starkville shortly."
Leach, 58, has been a college coach since 1987, beginning as a position coach before working his way up to coordinator jobs, and eventually becoming the head coach of Texas Tech in 2000.
After 10 seasons with the Red Raiders, Leach was fired after a controversy involving the alleged treatment of one of his players, Adam James, who was dealing with a concussion. Leach filed suit against Texas Tech for wrongful termination.
After working in the media for a few years and writing an autobiography titled, "Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and in Life". It debuted in 2011 at #6 on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Leach has an affinity for pirates, and claims to have read over 25 books on the subject matter.
In 2012, he was hired as head coach of Washington State, where he has served until today.
Leach's propensity to go off on random topics when being asked a question by the media has been met with laughs from the sports world, leading media members to often ask Leach about anything.
The Egg Bowl will now feature two of college football's biggest personalities.
Mississippi State rival Ole Miss hired Lane Kiffin last month.