We now know why Mike Leach had to be rushed to the hospital over the weekend. The 61-year-old was transported from his home to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, on Sunday following a “personal health issue,” the school announced.
“That is the extent of information that MSU has available regarding Coach Leach’s condition, and the university will make no other comment at this time other than to say that the thoughts and prayers of the university are with Mike and Sharon and their family,” the school said in a statement.
On Monday morning, it was revealed that the longtime college football head coach suffered a heart attack on Sunday and went several minutes without oxygen. He was airlifted to the hospital where he’s remained under intensive care.
“Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach had a massive heart attack on Sunday in Starkville and was transferred to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he is still being cared for on Monday,” the Clarion Ledger reported on Monday morning.
More from the report:
“According to multiple sources, Leach, 61, collapsed at his home in Starkville, but did not receive medical attention for between 10 to 15 minutes. EMTs used a defibrillator machine and delivered multiple shocks to restore normal heart rhythm.
After he was stabilized at Oktibbeha County Hospital, he was transported by helicopter to UMMC.”
The last time Leach waslast seen in public was Saturday as he led Mississippi State’s preparation for the ReliaQuest Bowl and at an evening holiday party. Defensive coordinator Zach Arnett has been elevated to interim coach of the Bulldogs as Leach remains hospitalized.
No. 22 Mississippi State finished the season 8-4 with a win over rival Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl which earned the team a berth in the ReliaQuest Bowl on Jan. 2 in Tampa against Illinois.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.