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Mike Leach gives updates on Mississippi State football before Texas A&M game
Mississippi State coach Mike Leach gives updates on the Bulldogs before they host No. 11 Texas A&M this weekend.
Mike Leach and Mississippi State went from being the talk of college football for all the right reasons to being the talk of college football for all the wrong reasons in a matter of weeks.
SEC Network radio show host Paul Finebaum was the latest to chime in after Mississippi State followed up its season-opening win over then-No. 5 LSU with back-to-back losses to Arkansas and Kentucky.
“This is trademark Mike Leach,” Finebaum said Tuesday on ESPN’s “Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin.”
“You saw it when he was at Washington State. He would have a big upset and then throw it all away the next week. That has been his career. That’s why a lot of people didn’t want him. Plenty of schools had a shot at Mike Leach.”
Leach never beat a ranked opponent and lost the next week while at Washington State, but it happened five times when he was at Texas Tech. Leach’s record against ranked opponents while at Washington State was 6-22.
Mississippi State has another chance at a ranked victory this weekend against No. 11 Texas A&M (2-1). It might be safe to say Finebaum doesn’t have much faith that Leach and the Bulldogs will get it done.
“It’s worth remembering a couple of years ago that Tennessee was on the verge of hiring (Leach) after Butch Jones,” Finebaum said. “The AD went out there and agreed to a deal. When the administration found out about it, they fired the AD. That’s how toxic Mike Leach’s reputation is with some administrators.
“It’s great that he beat LSU a couple of weeks ago, but I’m starting to wonder if beating LSU is that big of a deal considering that Mississippi State has done it and so has Missouri.”
Mississippi State set an SEC passing record with 623 yards against LSU but failed to combine for that total in losses to Arkansas and Kentucky. Senior quarterback K.J. Costello threw five touchdowns and two interceptions against the Tigers and has thrown one touchdown and seven interceptions since.
The 24-2 loss to Kentucky marked the first time in Leach’s head coaching career that his offense did not produce a score. The Bulldogs’ points, of course, came on a safety.