Florida Coach Gets Honest About Mississippi State, Mike Leach
Florida coach Dan Mullen got honest about Mississippi State and Mike Leach during a recent session with the media.
Leach was hired by Mississippi State after the Bulldogs terminated their relationship with former head coach Joe Moorhead.
He is expected to bring the same sort of success to the SEC that he experienced over the last few years in the Pac-12.
Given his experience with Mississippi State, Mullen was recently asked for his thoughts on how things will go for Leach.
Mullen had nothing but positive things to say.
“I’ve studied him, I talked to Mike,” he said.
“I think Mike is a great football coach. I always think — I’ll talk like Scott (Stricklin) and I will have casual conversations, like hey, job is open, who do you like, who are candidates you like, and he’ll ask me.
“Mike is always someone that’s up there for me. And especially like you look, he — I think he has a great system that he believes in and he knows inside and out,” he continued.
“And when you have that, I mean, that gives you — you’re very comfortable with what you do and you know what you’re doing and you’re trying to build around that.”
Mullen believes that the success that Leach has had up to this point is a good indicator of what the future holds.
“You know, I mean, you look and where he’s been and where he’s had success, and I don’t want to downplay schools, but he’s had a lot of success at Texas Tech and Washington State and they’re not the schools that you’re calling your premier schools in the conference,” he said.
Over the course of his collegiate career, Leach has put up a record of 139-90.
Overall, Mullen made it clear that he loved Mississippi State as an instruction, its fans and the football program. He wished them nothing but the best in the future.
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“I was at Mississippi State, and I love Starkville, love the people of Mississippi, love Mississippi State, but no one is jumping up and saying, this is the premier program in the Southeastern Conference,” he continued.
“But you know what, he’s had a lot of success winning at schools that weren’t. And so I obviously haven’t done it as well. I have a lot of respect for him, and I think he’ll do a great job there.”
This past season Mississippi State went 6-7 overall and had an SEC record of 3-5.
It remains to be seen if Leach will ultimately be able to turn things around.