Mike Leach and a New York Times Reporter Went Back and Forth About Wearing Masks

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From the moment the news broke that Mike Leach would be the new head coach at Mississippi State it was guaranteed not to be boring. The maiden voyage of the air raid offense led by KJ Costello defeated defending champion LSU in Baton Rouge. Today, on a media call, he had a back-and-forth with New York Times reporter Alan Blinder, who wanted to know why the coach was not wearing a mask for most of Saturday’s game.

Here’s the transcript, as shared by Dalton Middleton of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal:

The TL;DR is Leach struggled with the mechanics of talking with wearing a mask, but tries to socially distance. The world waits with uncontainable anticipation to see whether this interaction is the basis for a story in the Times.

UPDATE: Watch the interaction:


It was a big media day for Leach. He started the day on Outkick with Clay asking him if he ever considered dressing up as a pirate for Mississippi State’s Halloween showdown with Alabama.

“I haven’t really thought about that. That would be kinda wild. Nick [Saban] does seem like the type of guy that would get into some costume play.”



Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. I think Mike Leach is my late Irish grandma in a man suit.

    She passed away a year ago today at 98.

    Just months before, I tried making her smile. She would not. I said to her, that ‘I’m trying to make you smile grandma’. She said, ‘I will when I’m ready’.

    Leach is a College Football Treasure.

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