Mike Leach, Mississippi State’s goodbye and one restaurant’s story

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The first time Mike Leach arrived at the seafood and soul food restaurant called WTF, he ordered the honey gold chicken wings a certain way.

“Extra crispy,” he told Shan Suber, the owner and head chef.

“Extra crispy?” Suber said. “That’s the way I like my wings, too!”

Since that meeting in 2020, Leach, the former Mississippi State football coach, and Suber, a Black single mom from the Mississippi Delta, grew close. Their relationship evolved into a friendship, and Leach went from frequent client to confidant.

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