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Former Cougars coach Mike Leach apologizes for tweet

Mississippi State coach Mike Leach has apologized on social media for posting a tweet that drew criticism from players at the school before it was deleted.
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New Mississippi State NCAA college football coach Mike Leach speaks at a news conference Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at the Starkville, Miss., based university, after being officially introduced as the head coach. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach has apologized on social media for posting a tweet that drew criticism from Bulldogs players and an assistant professor at the school before it was deleted.

The outspoken coach on Wednesday night tweeted a picture depicting an elderly woman with knitting sticks in her hand, the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, reported. 

The caption read, "After 2 weeks of quarantine with her husband, Gertrude decided to knit him a scarf...", but the picture showed her knitting a noose with the hangman's knot already tied, the newspaper reported.