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The Deseret News asked Mike Leach about New Year’s resolutions 3 years ago. Here’s what he said

Mike Leach, who died this week at age 61, was full of wisdom about football and life

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Mississippi State coach Mike Leach talks to reporters after the team’s 30-6 loss to Alabama Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Mississippi State coach Mike Leach talks to reporters after the team’s 30-6 loss to Alabama Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Leach passed away on Dec. 12, 2022, at age 61.

Vasha Hunt, Associated Press

As the sports world mourns the loss of legendary football coach Mike Leach, many are recalling the unexpected stories he shared during interviews and how often they contained wisdom about how to live a good life.

Perhaps most famously, Leach once delivered a monologue on how stressful it is to get married and what grooms should do to keep their female loved ones happy.

“You need to find excuses that they’ll buy to be as far out of harm’s way as you possibly can,” he said about weddings.

Over the years, Leach addressed everything from which Pac-12 mascot would win in a fight to which Halloween candy is the tastiest treat.

In 2019, Leach, who was then the head football coach for Washington State, spoke with the Deseret News about New Year’s resolutions and why you don’t have to wait until Jan. 1 to let go of unhealthy routines.

Here’s what he said:

I try to improve each year. Basically, I’ll try to think of somewhere to travel. Try to travel somewhere major — some part of the world I haven’t seen. And I tell myself I’ll exercise and eat better, and I do off and on. I do eat right generally; the exercise part can be tricky, and that comes in spurts. Right now I’m walking home in the middle of a snowstorm, so I’m sure today it’s pretty good.

For me, every day is a new year as far as a continuation of trying to improve. Like anybody, I’ll go sloppy or dormant for a month — or months. But I’m not a real big resolution guy. I’m kind of like, why wait until the new year, you know?