MSU AD releases statement on Mike Leach Twitter controversy

Not even three months into his tenure as the head football coach at Mississippi State, Mike Leach is starting to make a bad first impression in Starkville.

Last week, he made an ill advised Twitter post that was supposed to be a joke about the coronavirus but it instead turned out to be an extremely offensive and racially charged image that has the new coach under a lot of heat.

Today, Athletic Director John Cohen released a formal statement about the tweet which depicted an elderly woman knitting a noose during quarantine.

He says, “No matter the context, for many Americans the image of a noose is never appropriate and that’s particularly true in the South and in Mississippi. MSU was disappointed in the use of such an image in a tweet by Coach Mike Leach. He removed the tweet and issued a public apology. The university is confident that Coach Leach is moving quickly and sincerely past this unintended misstep and will provide the leadership for our student-athletes and excitement for our football program that our fans deserve and that our students and alumni will be proud to support.”

Cohen also says there’s a plan in place for Coach Leach to visit the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum as soon as restrictions from the current public health crisis will allow.

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