Yes, WSU QB Luke Falk has a cast on his left forearm. That’s why, Mike Leach says, he’s been nicknamed ‘The Kingslayer’

No, Mike Leach isn’t gonna tell you what’s wrong with his quarterback’s left hand. He will, however, tell you about his pet raccoon, Bilbo Baggins. Those stories and more from Wednesday’s Holiday Bowl coaches news conference.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Washington State’s Mike Leach and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio were a study of contrasts during the Holiday Bowl kickoff news conference Wednesday morning at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Dantonio, the elder statesman of the Big Ten, stuck to the stereotypical football coach script, talking all football, being appropriately respectful of his opponent, and saying nothing particularly colorful.

From start to finish Washington State football coach Mike Leach was his classic, Leachian self.

Mike Leach answered his usual random variety of questions at the Holiday Bowl Coaches news conference Wednesday in San Diego

Namely, Leach began with his usual opening non-statement (“Does anybody have any questions?”) shut down an injury question in entertaining fashion, delivered a monologue about pet raccoons, and then spent several minutes of Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio’s question-and-answer session distractedly blowing loudly on his cup of scorching-hot tea – his intense concentration on his task matching Dantonio’s concentration in answering a question about what his senior class had meant.

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After photos of a cast on the left (non-throwing) forearm of WSU quarterback Luke Falk surfaced on social media from Tuesday’s practice, Leach was asked to speak on his quarterback’s condition for Thursday’s Holiday Bowl game against Michigan State.

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