Mike Leach apologizes for 'offensive' tweet that included image of noose

Mike Leach talking on a cell phone Mike Leach at Mississippi State

This came a day after Leach, his new head coach, deleted a photo of a cartoon depicting a wife sewing a noose for her husband in quarantine.

Leach's tweet had more than 4,000 likes on Thursday morning, the newspaper said.

After eight seasons at Washington State, Leach left the Pac-12 program in January to take the head coaching job at Mississippi State.

Leach has posted a lot of memes over the years, but clearly did not think this one through when re-posting it.

One from Shannon Sharpe noted the history of lynchings in the state of MS, and Lovett also retweeted a fan who said that Leach's apology was insufficient. According to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger, Margaret A. Hagerman, an assistant professor of sociology at MSU, condemned the tweet's racial undertones by saying "lynching "jokes" are incredibly offensive anywhere" and "especially in Mississippi". Defensive lineman Fabien Lovett and defensive end Kobe Jones replied to Leach's tweets with "WTF" and "he tripping". He has more than 350,000 followers on the social media platform.

Leach deleted the tweet and wrote Thursday afternoon that he didn't mean to offend anyone. In February he ended up deleting tweets he sent about Mitt Romney.

The coach, who's a public supporter of Trump and has a personal relationship with the president, also tweeted: "Those that believe in the competence of Mitt Romney, what do you trust him to do?"

A Washington State official told KREM-TV in Spokane that Leach's Obama tweet caused a number of school donors to alter their plans for future giving, gifts that would have totaled $1.6 million.

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