Mike Leach’s job may have been saved, but his behavior on Twitter might have long-lasting effects that kicked off over the weekend.
The Mississippi State head coach took to Twitter a few days ago and sent out an off-color comic strip, in which an elderly woman was knitting a noose for her husband. The caption read “after two weeks of quarantine with her husband, Gertrude decided to knit him a scarf.”
Days after that tweet, defensive lineman Fabien Lovett announced he was entering the transfer portal mere hours after Leach’s tweet.
Fabien Lovett’s father Abdual recently spoke out about the situation and revealed he and his son explored other options for the remaining three years of eligibility that Lovett has after Leach’s tweet. Abdual Lovett told the Clarion Ledger that he doesn’t feel comfortable with Leach as a leader.
“I didn’t feel comfortable with my son being down there with a guy like that from a leadership standpoint — that you can just throw anything out there,” Abdual told the Clarion Ledger on Saturday. “I feel if he can do it, the kids are going to feel like they can do it.”
Lovett also questioned Leach’s apology, which he released on Twitter, stating that if he was truly sorry about it, Leach “would be trying to address your team, your kids that have an issue with this.”
He also felt a type of way about Leach not reaching out to him directly afer the situation reached a boiling point.
Not exactly the way Leach wanted to start off his tenure as Mississippi State head coach after eight successful seasons rebuilding the Washington State program.