Washington St. Cougars head coach Mike Leach is in a good spot. WSU is coming off perhaps the worst era in the program's history, so expectations are not terribly high.
If his first press conference is any indication, there's going to be a lot of excitement that comes with Leach's arrival in Pullman. Particularly with the local media, who have to be loving the quotables Leach will be sending their way
Leach has a history of being quirky with the media. His opening press conference in Pullman was no exception. Brian Floyd of CougCenter obtained these quotes.
He wrapped his opening statement with two comments that quickly drew laughs.
"People ask me Why Washington State?," Leach said before hitting his punch-line. "Once I get past thinking 'Well that's a stupid question...'" Showing off the wisdom he's learned in his years of coaching, Leach closed with, "I've never been a big opening statement guy. I always find the media asks what they want anyway." Truer words have never been spoken.
When asked about a five-year plan, Leach said he deals in one-day plans. His plan? To win one game a week. Seems like a pretty solid game-plan to attack. Leach also wants his team to be excited about what it does, and do it well.
"It doesn't matter what you do, be it the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker," Leach said. "Be excited about what you do."
"I'm from Cody, Wyoming, which is practically local by the standards of this part of the country"
Of course, for those looking for more technical details of what Leach is going to do, you're probably out of luck. This was an introduction to the phenomenon that is Mike Leach, and all the great stuff he can bring to a football program. There's great reason for excitement if you're a Washington State fan.
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