Mississippi State head football coach Mike Leach talks with Mississippi State's Will Rogers (2). Mississippi State played Louisiana Tech in an SEC college football game on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville. Photo by Keith Warren

Mississippi State – and, really, the football world, lost a legend overnight when Mike Leach died. The Clevelands discuss Leach, his authenticity and his legacy. Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger joins the podcast again to join the discussion.

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Rick Cleveland, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Jackson, has been Mississippi Today’s sports columnist since 2016. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in journalism, Rick has worked for the Monroe (La.) News Star World, Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger. He was sports editor of Hattiesburg American, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and celebrated sports writer has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers.
Rick has been recognized 13 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year, and is recipient of multiple awards and honors for his reporting and writing.

Tyler Cleveland

Tyler Cleveland is a senior reporter for Scorebook Live and the co-host of Mississippi Today's Crooked Letter Sports Podcast.