Head coach Mike Leach and Mississippi State agreed on a two-year extension that raises his annual salary to $5.5 million. His contract runs through the 2025 season.
Mississippi state law only allows contracts to be up to four years in length. Leach’s original contract paid him $5 million a year.
Leach is entering his third season as head coach of the Bulldogs. He previously was the head coach at Texas Tech for a decade and Washington State for eight seasons.
Mike Leach’s Bulldog Tenure
After getting hired for the 2020 campaign, the Bulldogs finished with a 4-6 record in the shortened COVID season.
In Leach’s second year, he led Mississippi State to go 7-6 and finished third in the SEC West. The Bulldogs earned their way to play in the Liberty Bowl, facing off against Texas Tech. Mike Leach could not stop his former team, losing the game 34-7. In his Bulldog tenure, he holds a 7-11 SEC record.
What’s Next for Mike Leach and Mississippi State?
Mississippi State will open the season against Memphis University on September 3. Currently, the program ranks 50th in the 247Sports Class of 2023 recruiting rankings. The Bulldogs have quarterback Will Rodgers returning, who ended the season second in the conference in passing yards (4,739) and passing touchdowns (36). Their defense ranked fourth in the SEC last year. The team is bringing back eight starting defensemen.