Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach dies at 61

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Mike Leach dies at 61
Mississippi State coach Mike Leach talks with Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin before an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi State says football coach Mike Leach has died following complications from a heart condition at the age of 61.

The pioneering coach helped revolutionize the college football passing game with the Air Raid offense.

Leach was in his third-year at Mississippi State

A third-year coach at Mississippi State, Leach had been hospitalized over the weekend and had a bout of pneumonia late this season. In 21 seasons as a head coach at Texas Tech, Washington State and Mississippi State, Leach went 158-107.

Mike Leach dies at 61

Six of the 20 best passing seasons in major college football history were by quarterbacks who played for Leach, including four of the top six.