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Football Community Mourns the Loss of Innovator Head Coach Mike Leach



College football lost one of its most revolutionary figures with the passing of Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach. This news saddened many in the football community, most notably those who had the chance to experience working with Leach in some way over the course of his coaching career than span almost 40 years.

Leach, who died at just 61-years-old from a heart condition, was a pioneer of the renowned “Air Raid” offense, an offensive strategy he brought to Texas Tech, Washington State and finally Mississippi State as a head coach, leaving an imprint on players and coaches he worked with along the way. This includes current West Virginia offensive coordinator Graham Harrell and former WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen – now the head coach at Houston.

Below includes statements from relevant figures who knew Leach about his passing.

WVSN reached out to Harrell to offer condolences on the passing of his mentor. Harrell has not yet released a public comment on the death of Leach.

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