The Pirate is headed down south to Stark Vegas. A sad fan base at WSU and a happy one in Mississippi State football took to Twitter to give their thoughts.
Mike Leach has left for Mississippi State officially. Introduced on Jan. 9 and bringing the cowbell with him as he got off the private jet to the welcoming fans of the Bulldogs. Leach leaves Washington State after eight years with the program and a great track record of bringing a spark to the Palouse.
In Leach’s eight years with the Cougars, he had an offense that led the nation in passing five of those years and never had a passing game outside of the top 10. He took the Cougars to six bowl games in eight years (only winning two of those trips) and undoubtedly left a mark on a program that was in dire need of a spark before he arrived. Leach leaves a legacy of being the wackiest, most polarizing coach in the Pac-12 during his tenure and will not soon be forgotten.
Now it is time for Leach to move on. After multiple reports of him having a tough time choosing between the two programs, the 58-year-old head coach decided to take his shot at the SEC. Mississippi State fired their head coach Joe Moorhead after just two seasons and decided it was time to move on.
Leach should bring great energy to Starkville after having a tough two seasons. MSU has long been a program that has ran the ball and played smash-mouth football. That philosophy is sure to change with him at the helm running his famed air-raid style of offense.
With the new change in the offensive scheme, it should be easier for the Bulldogs to recruit in an area where the recruiting game is more than cutthroat. Knowing which kind of guys you need certainly helps for the future, we will see if Leach and his squad can compete with the other blue bloods in the SEC West.
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