2015 Pac-12 Football Media Days: Mike Leach wants you to know about WSU's football facilities
BURBANK, Calif. – Oh the pageantry of college football. The mascots. The tailgates. The cheerleaders. The home team’s entrance into the stadium before the game.
And of course, the facilities.
In a conference home to multiple powerhouses in large media markets, the school on the Palouse sometimes gets overlooked. It’s a university that recently completed a $61-million, 84,000-square-foot football complex, and it has a football coach that will talk your ear off about anything, said facilities included.
Oh, and please spread the word.
“We have the best facilities in the Pac-12, so you guys need to come check it out and then you can tell everybody and get the word out and then everybody will know,” Washington State football coach Mike Leach said at 2015 Pac-12 Football Media Days on Friday.
The verbose Leach then spent the next 96 seconds waxing poetic on the Cougar Football Complex, which was completed last summer and houses a locker room, players lounge, meeting auditorium, position meeting rooms and training and equipment rooms (among other things).
“It’s right in the middle of campus. We got very lucky that way, because I don’t believe the founding fathers of Washington State said, ‘someday they are going to build a football facility.’” Leach said. “We got seats in the meeting room that make [offensive lineman] Joe Dahl look like a normal person, and I look like a kid in a high chair … Logistically, it’s the best situation I’ve been a part of.”
For the redshirt senior tackle Dahl, it’s all about the cold tub in the locker room (no excuse to not get in there, he says). For linebacker Jeremiah Allison, you can’t beat the dining hall.
“Being a linebacker, you know I like to eat,” Allison said.
And Leach encourages you to pay the place a visit in person.
“Right now it’s kind of word of mouth,” Leach said. “It is that fancy, it is that nice, but all of that stuff is bigger than it looks on a computer.”
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