College football world praying for Mike Leach amid apparent medical emergency

By , Audacy Sports

Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach was hospitalized on Sunday after suffering a "personal health issue at his home," according to the school.

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The longtime coach, previously with Texas Tech and Washington State, was taken to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, the school said, with unconfirmed reports indicating he had been airlifted.

Leach's situation, though, was "critical," according to Sports Illustrated college football reporter Ross Dellenger.

Leach, 61, is in his third season in Starkville, after eight seasons with Wazzu and 10 in Lubbock. The Bulldogs are set to play Illinois in the ReliaQuest Bowl on Jan. 2. According to Mississippi State's statement, defensive coordinator Zach Arnett would be taking over head coaching duties in Leach's absence.

On social media, news of Leach's episode was met with well wishes by journalists, fans, and his colleagues in the coaching ranks.

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