Washington State head coach Mike Leach is never one to shy away from sharing advice when asked for it. The man is among the most interesting college football coaches there is and he provides a wealth of knowledge and thought in everything he says, even if it does at times feel rather off-the-cuff and spontaneous.

Asked by a reporter for some wedding advice as he prepares to tie the knot, Leach went on a whole spiel about what to expect and the insanity that awaits in marriage. The coach certainly did not hold back on his wedding advice. Maybe the reporter was sorry he asked.

“The women lose their mind,” Leach began. “Your fiancée is going to lose her mind. Your mother-in-law is going to lose her mind. Your mom is going to lose her mind. Several of your sisters and your female relatives are going to lose their mind, and they’re going to barrage you with constant questions.”

Leach then provided a number of sample questions the groom may be faced with, to which the reply will eventually be “I don’t care.”

“You’re going to be caught in a Catch-22, and I’m certain that you already have. And that catch-22 is ‘Well, I want you to be a part of this too,'” at which point Leach went through a number of scenarios where the groom is unable to provide a satisfying response to different questions about the wedding planning.

“In the end, you’ll wish you eloped.”

Leach’s comments may be sexist and stereotypical in a man’s way of thinking, suggesting that wedding planning is entirely on the woman. Some may be offended by what Leach is saying here, but odds are probably good that there is a fair amount of truth in what he is saying to this reporter. Anyone who has gone through a wedding can probably attest to that.

Was Leach out of line in his comments? If you want to nitpick it to death, maybe. But this is par for the course for Leach, who shoots it straight and remains one of the most enlightening coaches college football has to offer.

Leach and Washington State will play rival Washington this week to finish up the college football regular season. A win against the Huskies will send Mike Leach and Washington State to the Pac-12 championship (a loss will send Stanford to the title game to play USC).


About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to NBCSports.com. Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.