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Father Of Mississippi State Transfer 'Didn't Feel Comfortable' With Mike Leach After Controversial Tweet

Mike Leach looks on as the rains come down.

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Mike Leach of the Washington State Cougars looks on against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

It was only a matter of time until Mike Leach rubbed someone at his new job, Mississippi State, the wrong way. It took just one tweet for defensive lineman Fabien Lovett to elect to leave the program.

Leach tweeted an off-color comic strip, in which an elderly woman was knitting a noose for her husband. The caption read “after two weeks of quarantine with her husband, Gertrude decided to knit him a scarf.” Leach is no stranger to tweeting things that can get him in trouble, but this one had added significance, especially with him moving down to the SEC.

Before the new MSU head coach had deleted and apologized for the tweet, Lovett made his thoughts well known, responding by tweeting "wtf." Days later, he announced that he was entering the transfer portal. The timing made it pretty clear that it was a response to a tweet.

Fabien Lovett's father Abdual said that they discussed things after Leach sent the tweet. The pair decided to explore other options for the remaining three years of eligibility that Lovett has. Abdual Lovett told the Clarion Ledgerthat he doesn't feel comfortable with Leach as a leader, given his propensity for popping off the way he does.

From the interview:

"I didn't feel comfortable with my son being down there with a guy like that from a leadership standpoint — that you can just throw anything out there," Abdual told the Clarion Ledger on Saturday. "I feel if he can do it, the kids are going to feel like they can do it."

Lovett went on to question the sincerity of Leach's apology, saying that if he was truly sorry about it, Leach "would be trying to address your team, your kids that have an issue with this." He also criticized Leach for not reaching out to him directly after the situation hit a boiling point.

According to the piece, Fabian Lovett did not have plans to transfer before this happened.

Mike Leach enters his first year as Mississippi State head coach, after eight successful seasons rebuilding the Washington State program. He served as head coach at Texas Tech from 2000-09. As a head coach, he is 139–90 overall, and has only missed a bowl game twice. His success and history of offensive innovation have helped him skate by some controversy in the past, but in the SEC he'll be under a bigger microscope, even at a smaller-profile program like Mississippi State.

[Clarion Ledger]