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Washington State coach Mike Leach speaks at the Pac-12 NCAA college football media day in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Washington State coach Mike Leach speaks at the Pac-12 NCAA college football media day in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Reed Saxon, AP

Washington State football head coach Mike Leach, king of the press conference, had yet another entertaining answer to a crazy question: who would win in a battle of the Pac-12’s mascots.

“First of all, what kind of mythical powers does a Sun Devil (Arizona State) have? We’ve got to consider that. I’m going to say the wildcat (Arizona) is out. The trojan (USC), does he have a horse or is he on foot? Does he have a bow and arrow or just a sword? The bruin (UCLA), definitely formidable, then another bear up there at Cal. The tree (Stanford), I mentioned that tree is going to get chopped down, unless we’re going to go with a bird and somebody might get pecked or something. The duck (Oregon) might lose interest and just fly away and get out of there, which may be good advice under the circumstances. The husky (Washington), no chance, the beaver (Oregon State), we’ll see how long that beaver can hold his breath,” Leach said.

Leach considered Utah and Colorado’s mascots formidable foes.

“The Ute (Utah), is he on horseback? Does he have a bow and arrow? Did he trade for a rifle? If that Ute’s got a rile, there’s some definite problems,” Leach said. “As far as the beast alone, a buffalo (Colorado) is going to be pretty hard to tangle with. A buffalo is utterly outstanding.”

Eventually, Leach seemed to settle on Washington State’s mascot — the cougar.

“The coug (Washington State) will find a way. Clear-minded and crafty — a combination of stay out of harms way and attack when you get your chance,” he said.

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