It was a routine news conference Monday for Washington State's Mike Leach. The coach rattled off standard answers until the end, when was asked for dating advice.
Leach was asked a similar question in 2008 while at Texas Tech, but what the hell. It has been five years, Leach is coaching 1,600 miles away from Lubbock and the dating world is always evolving.
Leach wasted no time getting into the topic, rambling on at length about where to take a date and what he did on his first date with the woman who would become his wife.
Below is a brief summary. The full text of his remarks can be found here.
Date advice: "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.
"They want to do that thing where they only pick at salads and stuff like that, so once you get past that — because that's sort of a speed bump in the whole thing — you want to get past that immediately. ... Because if you can make her eat she'll talk. Other than that it's all this pretention and stuff like that. 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."
On his first date with his wife: "Went to A&W, had just finished a rugby game, went to A&W, had a coupon book, she said, 'What are you getting?' She's looking at the menu, 'What looks good? What are you getting?'
"I handed her the two-for-one coupon book, I said, 'I don't know, but here's the menu.' Seems to me we got some kind of bacon hamburger thing. She got a root-beer freeze. I do remember that."
Would he recommend using a coupon book? "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. 30 years or something."