Mike Leach offers dating advice

One never quite knows what direction a press conference with Washington State head coach Mike Leach is going to go in.

On Monday, after fielding a few run-of-the-mill questions concerning the Cougars’ previous game, their next game and how he thinks certain players are performing, Leach was asked about … first date advice in Pullman, Wash. Which he was happy to weigh in on.

“Try to have somewhere where there’s not salad, because girls will try to show off and act like all they eat is salad, so try to put them somewhere where they’re in a position where they have to put real food in their mouth," Leach told those gathered, according to The Spokesman-Review. "Because if you can make her eat she’ll talk. Other than that it’s all this pretention and stuff like that.

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"The key thing is make her eat, then she’ll relax, then there’ll be some dialogue and you can get to know her and see if you’re interested in dating her beyond dinner.”

It was the same mantra he offered a Texas Tech freshman when asked a similar question five years ago.

Leach then recalled taking his wife to A&W on their first date and using a 2-for-1 coupon book for it, which he recommended for others:

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"It worked for me. You’ll cut the weak out of the lineup right away if you do it that way. You’ll only be involved with committed people if they’re going to do the coupon book. It doesn’t hurt. If you’re just trying to dress your life up a little and pretend you have a relationship, then maybe you don’t want to use the coupon book if it’s some kind of a volume deal.

"But if you want to zero in on one or two, break out the coupon book, saw off the weak right off the top so you can get down the path to find the right one. It’s worked out pretty good, because I’ve been married … I can’t remember, a long time. Thirty years or something.”

Why a television producer hasn’t thought to feature Leach in a dating advice show is beyond us.

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