Long Beach resident shares experience at Mississippi State’s bowl game

Long Beach resident Brian Currie and his family of five were in Tampa, Florida to support Mississippi State as they played in a bowl game against Illinois Monday.

Currie, a Mississippi State alum, has always supported the dawgs when it comes to sports. The football players seemed focused on winning in honor of Coach Mike Leach, who died December 12th.

A photo was placed on the Pirate Ship at Raymond James Stadium and flags with Leach’s name waved all around the field.

Currie had the opportunity to meet and talk with Coach Leach when he began his coaching journey at MSU.

Currie tells News 25 Leach is remembered as the head football coach, but he was much more than that. He said he was a genuine and kind person who truly cared about people. “It was a very tense game. It was predicted to be very low-scoring and it was. Two great defensive teams. The touchdown catch there at the end of the game was truly a game of inches. I was happy. You don’t want to spend the money, travel, and then go home a loser.”

Currie also thought it was pretty cool that he randomly found a toy sword in the parking lot one morning before the bowl game and decided to bring it for good luck and sure enough, the Bulldogs ended up winning 19-10.

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