STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Lane Kiffin era officially began Monday and the Mike Leach era began Tuesday.
The first practice of the 2020 preseason comes in the shadow of the scheduling announcement, for Mississippi State, the Bulldogs prepare to open its 2020 campaign against the defending national champion LSU on September 26th.
New head coach Mike Leach now has a little over a month to fully install his offense, choose a starting quarterback and wrap his mind around playing a 10-game all-SEC schedule. All while navigating the coronavirus.
In his press conference, Leach said that the testing protocol Mississippi State has in place is one of, if not, the best in college football.
However, he declined to say if there are any active cases at State right now. He's focused on getting his team ready to invade Baton Rouge and tackle a tough regular-season schedule.
"There's some schedules which maybe I'm jealous of and there's some schedules that I'm glad I don't have," Leach said. "I mean if there's ever been an era, a day, a time, where's there been a more competitive schedule, a more demanding schedule, than what we have this season in the SEC for all the teams involved, I'd be curious to see what that is."
It's certainly going to be a welcome to the SEC season for Coach Leach and Coach Lane Kiffin for that matter. Both teams open up against top-ten ranked opponents.