Coach Mike Leach passes away at 61 … Once again real life interjected itself into the college world with news overnight that Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach passed away from complications of a heart condition. He was 61. Leach also had tenures as head coach at Texas Tech and Washington State. He was a polarizing figure at times in his career, but his teams were always entertaining running his wide-open air raid offense. Our condolences to his family, friends and players.