Egg Bowl Preview: Mike Leach snaps Lane Kiffin's mask before meeting at state capital
If you want a light-hearted preview of the annual Egg Bowl rivalry bout between Ole Miss and Mississippi State, the two new head coaches of those programs have provided it.
On Thursday, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin and Mississippi State’s Mike Leach were two of over 50 coaches who traveled to the state capital to meet with lawmakers regarding the state flag of Mississippi. Everyone in attendance wanted to show support for changing the state’s flag.
And while the conversations were serious and important, there was also a fun, light-hearted moment between Kiffin and Leach. With both coaches wearing masks as part of the COVID-19 pandemic recommended safety guidelines, Leach thought his Ole Miss counterpart needed to make an adjustment.
So, Leach tugged at Kiffin’s mask and it snapped back on the Ole Miss head coach, covering his eyes. Below is the video shared:
A light moment before today's press conference between @Coach_Leach and @Lane_Kiffin . The Pirate with mask tug on the conductor of the Lane train. The Egg Bowl should be lots of fun. #MississippiState #OleMiss pic.twitter.com/u9Mx8WoNT7
— Joe Cook (@JoeCookSports) June 25, 2020
That’s bringing a little more fun to the rivalry between the two programs.
Coaches from Ole Miss and Mississippi State headed to the state capital after the SEC, the NCAA, C-USA and even Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill all issued their support when it comes to changing the Mississippi state flag, which features a Confederate logo.
Leagues have stated they will not play conference championships or even NCAA regional tournaments in the state unless a change comes. Hill also said he will not play unless there’s a change.