The storyline after Washington State's blowout loss to Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl was quarterback Luke Falk's absence and the fact coach Mike Leach was mum on the injury.
In an interview with USA Today Sports, in typical Leach fashion, the Washington State coach explained the real reason behind the "injury secrecy."
“I don’t want to empower poor and inept and lazy journalists with story material,” Leach said. “They just want to talk about scores and injuries. What comes out of these stories is, 'So and so is injured. So his team has all these excuses to lose, because the whole thing is riding on X-number of injured players. So therefore they can’t win.’"
It wasn't publicly known until after the season that Falk was playing with a broken bone in his non-throwing wrist, and had been since WSU's second game. It was Leach's intention to keep those details a secret. Falk didn't play in the bowl game because his wrist had not healed from a recent surgery.
“I don’t want that mentality floating around our team in any way shape, form or fashion,” Leach said. “Then, the other thing is, whatever weaknesses or vulnerabilities that we have as a team, I can’t possibly fathom why I would have any interest in revealing that to my opponent.”
While the secrecy is part of his game plan, there was also a lot of buzz after the Holiday Bowl game of a video that went viral of Leach simply cooling off his coffee while Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was speaking during the press conference. Why that garnered so much attention was one of Leach's biggest questions.