Mike Leach’s controversial tweet wasn’t funny, and Mississippi state’s lack of punishment is absurd
As for Mike Leach, his tweet of a meme featuring a woman knitting a noose and the outrage of several of his players: that sound of those with more than a little power around the University State of Mississippi is telling.
Crickets, crickets, crickets.
It’s been five days since Leach embarrassed him and the State of Mississippi with his latest college football coaching transformation by appearing in Def Comedy Jam (you know, even though the show hasn’t been around for two decades), and his bosses say …
After calling the office of the president of the state of Mississippi early Monday for comment, I was told that I would receive an email response within the hour.
It didn’t happen. Mississippi state officials recall getting into a bind three months ago by donating Leach the richest contract in school history for a coach of any kind ($ 5 million per year for four seasons).
He should have been fired by now.
Instead, the silence of Mississippi state officials says they don’t believe a stupid old tweet should stop Leach from trying to become Savior of historically one of the worst programs in college football.
Mississippi State’s first game was in 1895, but the Bulldogs won only 49% of their games overall. It doesn’t help that they reside in the SEC, whose motto for those from top to bottom is “see no evil, hear no evil, say nothing.”
Take Alabama, winner of five national championships under Nick Saban. Even though coaches have been asked not to deal with players during this pandemic regarding practices, Saban sent his guys Apple watches to make it easier for its staff to monitor their progress.
At least SEC investigates Saban case.
In contrast, Mississippi state officials have mostly remained in the shadow of the tweet that Leach used as a game last Wednesday night to spark hell of disbelief, even in his own locker room.
This tweet featured a meme of an elderly woman with knitting sticks, and here’s the caption: “After two weeks of quarantine with her husband, Gertrude decided to knit him a scarf.”
The woman is in a noose.
The hangman’s knot was already in place.
Yes, Leach deleted the tweet the next morning with one of those “kinds” of excuses.
Yes, during Leach’s nearly 20 seasons as a productive head coach in college football, starting with Texas Tech and continuing in Washington State before coming to Mississippi State, he was noted as a prankster.
Jerry Seinfeld, he’s not, however.
Try Fuzzy Zoeller.
In 1997, Zoeller never recovered after responding that Tiger Woods won his first Masters as a “little boy.”“and then the supposedly funniest man on the PGA Tour at the time said before throwing cameras,” So you know what you do when he comes in here? You give him a pat on the back and say congratulations and take the opportunity and tell him not to serve fried chicken next year. I get it?”
Zoeller smiled, snapped his fingers and then walked away, but came back to say, “Or collard greens or whatever they serve.”
No more noose for many people around the Mississippi, especially among African Americans.
According to the NAACPMississippi experienced more lynchings than any other state from 1882 to 1968, with 581. The organization also determined that African Americans made up 72.7% of lynching victims across the United States.
As is the case with all college football, the overwhelming majority of players on the Mississippi State team are African-American, and several of them were not amused by post from Leach.
2019 Mississippi State team captain Erroll Thompson retweeted Leach’s original entry with an emoji with a hand on his chin and raised eyebrows. Defensive lineman Fabien Lovett responded to Leach’s first tweet with “Wtf”, then he put his name in the transfer portal.
That said, most Mississippi state players (black and white) didn’t respond to any of Leach’s tweets, and the original generated 4,000 likes in a matter of hours, and the SEC doesn’t get any easier. , and Leach has a reputation for thriving in underdog programs.
That’s why those crickets around Starkville, Mississippi, are getting louder and louder.