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Shortly after his Bulldogs chewed up and spit out Vanderbilt, Mississippi State coach Mike Leach turned his attention towards a tastier option: Halloween candy. Leach, equal parts national treasure and content machine, blew up social media late Saturday afternoon when he rattled off his favorite treats like they were five-star recruits, before cutting one Halloween favorite like a wanna-be walk-on.

“I hate candy corn. I mean, I completely hate candy corn,” Leach told SEC Network’s Alyssa Lang.

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Fightin’ words just days before the yellow, orange and white candies make their way into countless treat bags across the country, but Leach stands by them.

Mississippi State coach Mike Leach reacts to a replay on the stadium monitor during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Alabama in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Alabama won 49-9.

Mississippi State coach Mike Leach reacts to a replay on the stadium monitor during the second half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Alabama in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Alabama won 49-9. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

“No, I do not. I do not. That’s been carefully researched since I was a child starting at approximately, I’m gonna say three” replied Leach. “Although it did have some brighter points in my life, in particular when I was young…you know, the type of thing where it gets all over your hands and face…

“Before long though, I realized that that was a grave error and there’s far better ahead than candy corn.”

Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach calls plays to his offense on the field during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in College Station, Texas.

Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach calls plays to his offense on the field during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

Leach, whose Bulldogs enter the weekend with a 4-3 record, seems unlikely to request candy corn with the team meal ahead of MSU’s home game with Kentucky on the eve of Halloween.

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“I have no interest. It’s one of those items that, you know, there’s a reason they serve it basically once a year because it’s not very good to begin with,” Leach insisted.

Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach reacts during the first half against the Memphis Tigers at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach reacts during the first half against the Memphis Tigers at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. (Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports)

Unlike candy corn, Coach Leach’s press conferences are a treat that everyone loves.

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