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SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey wears formal attire during media day honoring Mike Leach.

Commissioner Greg Sankey seems to be taking a more relaxed approach this year. SEC Football Kickoff Media Day, But the lack of formal attire during Monday’s opening day wasn’t just a personal choice.

Sankey revealed that the decision not to wear a tie was meant to honor the former. Mississippi State football coach Mike Leachwho died in December after complications from heart disease.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey speaks during Day 1 of the 2023 SEC Media Day at the Grand Hyatt Nashville on July 17, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Johnny Izquierdo/Getty Images)

He was 61 years old.

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“Last year in Atlanta, one of my backstage conversations was about the obsolescence of neckties. It was a much longer conversation than I expected and ended with the rhetorical question of why neckties survived but powder wigs did,” Sankey said. The crowd roared in response.

“That conversation was with him. Mike Leach And today I’m without a tie just to honor Mike’s memory.”

Mike Leach before the game against Arkansas

Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach arrives at the stadium before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on November 6, 2021 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)


“It is important that we remember those who have contributed to this wonderful conference, be it for the short term or the long term.

21 seasons as head coach Texas Tech, Washington State and Mississippi State, Leech went 158-107. Six of the 20 best passing seasons in college football history were by quarterbacks who played for Leach, including four of the top six.

Mike Leach in September 2022

17 September 2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach looks on against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Tiger Stadium. (Stephen Love-USA TODAY Sports)

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“We lost Mike in December, someone who was important not only to Mike. Southeastern Conference – We only had him for a few seasons, but for all of college football,” Sankey continued. “He was fascinating and touched the lives of thousands of people across the college football spectrum and throughout his career. ”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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