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STARKVILLE — Each of the 13 speakers who climbed the stairs to the flower-bedecked podium Tuesday inside Humphrey Coliseum, Mississippi’s tribute to Mike Leach, gave an anecdote that filled the bowl with laughter.

The colors were faded, and the faces of the football heavyweights who directed their fleet of private jets toward Starkville to remember Leach, who died Dec. 12 at the age of 61, were solemn.

But there was a joy shared among those inside The Hump for the two-hour celebration of the life of the Leach. The stories that Leach gave to those who spoke made it so.

“He had time for everyone, and he also had very little time,” said longtime Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who hired Leach as offensive coordinator at Norman in 1999.

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