Mike Leach's Understanding Of Anatomy Is Confusing

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Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday left Saturday's contest against USC with a brutal leg injury. The initial reports were that Halliday broke both his tibia and his fibula, and we still think that's what happened. We think.

Cougars Coach Mike Leach was asked about the injury at his Monday presser, and he said Halliday "broke his ankle" and later added "the whole ankle." When asked about the reports that Halliday actually broke his tibia and fibula, Leach implied those reports were incorrect. Leach was asked for clarification about where exactly Halliday was injured, and he proceeded to muddy the water even further: "Well, the tibula [sic] and the fibula are in the ankle, you see." He then threw his leg onto the table and pointed to his shin and calf, demonstrating what Halliday broke.


That's confusing, not the least because Tibula was a Sardinian town, not a bone in your body. The tibia and fibula are two long bones in your leg that connect your ankle and your knee, so Leach was roughly pointing to the right location, but I thought it was "the whole ankle" that was broken? The tibia and fibula make up part of the ankle joint, but if that is where they broke on Halliday why did Leach point a foot higher?

In summary, Connor Halliday broke a bone or some bones somewhere in his leg, and whichever bone or bones they are, he'll be out for the rest of the season.


h/t Peter