Mike Leach gives his advice for a first date in Pullman, Washington

Photo: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Leach spent 10 seasons in Lubbock as the head coach at Texas Tech. Obviously, the man who enjoys relaxing in the Florida Keys learned a thing or two about the bar and restaurant scene in town.

Now at Washington State, Leach has had to learn about a whole new city and culture. He may only be in his second season, but it sounds like the man knows his way around Pullman already, especially when it comes to first dates.

In a moment we can only describe as classically “Mike Leach,”  the ball coach gives out some very detailed advice for those looking to take a girl out on the town:

“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. I would go to Black Cypress if you really want to make a good impression. If you want just good, solid food and aren’t as into the atmosphere, I’d go to Mongolian Fire, which I really like. So one of those two. But if you go to the more  high-end Black cypress I’d talk to Nick beforehand because he has the menu and it’s all really good and I’d just instruct him that the point of this is to make her eat. 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. He’s got some great appetizers and he’ll come by and keep hitting you up – here’s this, try that – and I think it should work out really well.”

Like we said, the man has learned his way around Pullman just a bit. Leach was then asked about the first date he went on with his wife. Salad was not involved – of course not, apparently – but a coupon definitely was.

“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 2-for-1 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 rootbeer freeze. I do remember that.”


[H/T: College Football Reddit]