Perhaps the most interesting man at the podium in all of college football, Mike Leach was bound to get the next era of Mississippi State football off to a promising start at Friday’s introductory press conference.
This afternoon, Leach took to the mic for the first time as head coach of the Bulldogs and he wasn’t too shy about ringing his very own cowbell.
Earlier this week, the former Washington State head man signed a four-year contract worth $20 million. After eight years at Wazzu, Leach says one of the biggest draws to Starkville was the recruiting hot bed within a 300-mile radius.
On top of that, he wants to leave a legacy at MSU in a way that only he can phrase so eloquently. “You’re going to be dead in 100 years anyway, so you want to try to have as many experiences as you can, and everybody’s got goals and things that they want to accomplish. So it is kind of a path and really I guess in my case I just want a different experience although I’ll always cherish the experiences I had previously. I want to be a part of achieving some big things too and like I said together with our players.”
This is Leach’s first head coaching job in the SEC, having also previously spent 10 years at Texas Tech.