On Monday, Mississippi State takes on Illinois within the ReliaQuest Bowl, within the first recreation for the Bulldogs for the reason that surprising passing of head coach Mike Leach. All through bowl season, groups have paid tribute to the coach, resembling Chip Kelly sporting a pirate flag on his visor throughout UCLA’s bowl recreation, Baylor lining up in a formation in the beginning of their recreation towards Mississippi and taking a delay of recreation penalty, and different SEC groups sporting helmet stickers in his honor.
However when the Bulldogs take the sphere on Monday, they too will honor their beloved head coach.
Mississippi State will likely be sporting particular helmets, that includes each a pirate flag, and Leach’s initials:
Leach’s love of pirates was well-known. He used a pirate sword as a bit of inspiration throughout his time at Texas Tech, and even titled his 2011 autobiography “Swing Your Sword.”
One other means that Leach will likely be honored throughout this recreation? The ReliaQuest Bowl is being performed at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
The one stadium that includes a pirate ship within the stands.
The Bulldogs positioned a memorial on the ship Monday morning:
It would get somewhat dusty earlier than kickoff of this one.