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Mississippi State honors Mike Leach with pirate flag on helmet

Mississippi will set aside its traditional school logo to honor former coach Mike Leach at Monday’s ReliaQuest Bowl against Illinois.

bulldogs Announcing a special helmet designMonday morning with a pirate flag painted on the side.

Leach, nicknamed “The Pirate”, died of heart disease on December 12. he was 61 years old.

Leach coached in Mississippi for three seasons. He was head coach on his two occasions at Texas Tech (2000-09) and Washington State (2012-19).

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

But his legacy was far more than winning or losing. His coaching tree includes Arizona Cardinals coach Cliff Kingsbury, TCU coach Sonny Dykes, USC coach Lincoln Riley, Baylor coach Dave Aranda, Houston coach Dana Holgosen, North Texas coach Seth Littrell. , Nevada coach, Ken Wilson.

Many schools competing in bowl games, including those not directly associated with Reach, used helmet stickers to pay tribute to the coach who revolutionized the game by popularizing the air raid offense.

In honor of the former coach, Texas Tech lined up in an airlaid formation at the start of the Texas Bowl game against Ole Miss.

Last month, a number of current and former FBS coaches traveled to Starkville, Mississippi, for a signing ceremony for Leach’s memorial service.

Leach protΓ©gΓ© Dykes, who was preparing the Horned Frogs to play in the College Football Playoff, made the trip as well. His team wore Jolly his Roger stickers on their helmets when they defeated Michigan in his Fiesta bowl on Saturday.

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