PULLMAN, Wash --- The Pac-12 Media Day concluded Thursday and Washington State head coach Mike Leach was, obviously, one of the hottest quotes out there.
Leach took over the WSU program five years ago and has not only had success on the field, but he's thrived off-the-field, as well.
In Hollywood, he talked about green tea, hot dogs, bologna sandwiches, Texas Tech, millennials and more. When it comes to questions about his team, Leach can sometimes give basic, generic sports clichés as answers, but when he is asked about anything beyond the football field, he gives very engaging responses. He's always very transparent.
There's an easy answer as to why he's guarded when it comes to football related questions. He, along with almost every other head coach, does not want to give an advantage to the opponent. Also, he's been fined a multitude of times in the past, and tries to stray away from the PAC-12 conference or NCAA reaching into his wallet.
Media days. Good: chance to catch up with coaches, players. Bad: chance for reporters to ask Mike Leach inane questions about nothing.— Christian Caple (@ChristianCaple) July 27, 2017
As someone who has covered Mike Leach long enough, I realize his loquacious tendencies and also his knowledge/interest on an array of topics. Is it OK to ask 'click bait' questions, while also asking him about information on his team?
I think there is room to do both in the world of sports. The media has to do their job and ask football questions to keep you informed of WSU football, but there should be some fun too! We should be able to relate to these individuals, especially someone who is considered to have influence, like Leach, in our area and in the sport of collegiate football.
Hate or love Mike Leach, he never shies away from being himself in front of the camera. So, let's have a discussion. How much do we enjoy talking about Mike Leach the individual vs. Mike Leach the head coach? Do we want the two to coexist? Is it OK to ask him weird questions with zero worth in the realm of football?
Leach has done great things since coming to Pullman in 2012, but maybe his biggest impact has been his ability to be open and honest, which in return has brought plenty of more eyeballs to Washington State.