PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State Football coach Mike Leach spent his news conference on Monday discussing Area 51, aliens and the Cougars 58-7 victory over New Mexico State.
Leach was asked about the Facebook event "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us," – an Internet joke for a "raid" on the U.S. military's Area 51 in southern Nevada.
The Facebook event jokes "they can't stop all of us" and "let's see them aliens."
More than 2 million people have signed up on Facebook to attend the Sept. 20 event, prompting Nellis Air Force Base to issue a statement that the Air Force is aware of the Facebook posting and said "any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged."
"I think that they test things there," Leach said, via Sports Illustrated, about what he thinks goes on at area 51. "I think stuff that the military and the government is developing, I would imagine they test it there. Work with the prototypes and things like that there.
"If they have found spacemen, or any Roswell stuff, that'd probably be where they would store it, if there is such things. But I think it's pretty much a test site where they test and develop everything from aircraft to bombs to some type of technology because there's got to be a place to do that. I suspect that if they didn't cryptically call it Area 51 and it didn't have the eager, cold, no-one-allowed quality that it has, it probably wouldn't be quite as exciting as it is. And of course, you throw aliens on top of that and the curiosity goes wild."
However, Leach followed up with a warning about actually storming the base.
"No, I don't think that would be a good idea because then they just might test out the stuff they're testing on you to ensure that you don't get in there. Our government lately has shown some resistance to enforcing laws around this country to the detriment of its citizens. I suspect those wouldn't be laws that they chose not to enforce."
The Washington State coach then went on to explain that instead of "storming the base," those interested in attending should host an additional Burning Man event.
"Well they oughta have Burning Man instead, just an extra Burning Man or a concert or something," Leach said. "Because sitting there trying to go through barbed-wire fence while there's a bunch of aircraft over the top of you or whatever, I mean, I don't think that'd be quite as much fun as some of the alternatives that you could have. But what are we to assume: 10,000 people are going to go start digging through warehouses? And I do think there is an end-of-days quality if we allow that type of thing to happen anyway..."
Leach said he would like to go to Burning Man but "it's during the season."
The Cougars host Northern Colorado at 2 p.m. Saturday in Pullman.
Watch Leach's answers about Area 51 and Burning Man at the 15:30 minute mark of the video below:
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