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WR cites ‘physical, emotional, verbal abuse’ in leaving Wazzu

Marquess Wilson AP

An ugly situation in Pullman has taken yet another turn for the worse.

Earlier this past week, Washington State confirmed that wide receiver Marquess Wilson had been indefinitely suspended by first-year head coach Mike Leach.  Speculation was that Wilson, who nearly quit the team back in spring practice, had walked out of a “vigorous” Sunday conditioning workout and was contemplating leaving the team.

On Saturday night, that’s exactly what the receiver did.  With all available verbal guns blazing on his way out.

In a statement announcing he had indeed decided to leave the Wazzu football program, Wilson blasted the football program, accusing the “new regime of coaches” of abuse on multiple levels.  Wilson claimed that the staff “has preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate” football players, accusing them of “physical, emotional and verbal abuse… in the locker room and on the field.”

That last part certainly has to be troubling to Wazzu’s administration on some level.

Leach was out of coaching for two years after he was fired by Texas Tech in 2009, a dismissal that was to some degree the result of claims made by an injured player — or his famous helicopter father — that he had been “abused” by the then-coach.  In exiting the program in this manner, by claiming abuse at the hands of coaches, Wilson assured the maximum amount of collateral damage given Leach’s past.

We’ve reached out to Wazzu officials for comment regarding Wilson’s accusations, but have yet to see a response.

On the football side of the equation, Wilson’s departure is a significant blow as he was the Cougars’ leading receiver this season a year after setting school marks in receptions and yards.  For Leach and his staff, however, the on-field part could be, right or wrong, the least of their worries.

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23 Responses to “WR cites ‘physical, emotional, verbal abuse’ in leaving Wazzu”
  1. tuckfexas says: Nov 10, 2012 8:47 PM


  2. WingT says: Nov 10, 2012 8:50 PM

    I wonder what Marquess Wilson’s fat little girlfriend has to say about all of this.

  3. cometkazie says: Nov 10, 2012 9:02 PM

    Do we see a pattern?

    I wonder how he would have fared with The Bear?

  4. matthews82 says: Nov 10, 2012 9:02 PM

    its amazing what the liberal pansy state has done to football.

  5. manchestermiracle says: Nov 10, 2012 9:28 PM

    With Leach’s history, anyone defending him is a douchebag.

    If a player isn’t performing up to your expectations then you don’t play him. Modeling your program after a 1960s military bootcamp is taking things too far.

    Even the Marines know you can train and condition troops without denigrating and demoralizing them.

  6. jimbo75025 says: Nov 10, 2012 9:32 PM

    matthews82 says:
    Nov 10, 2012 9:02 PM
    its amazing what the liberal pansy state has done to football.

    Yup. Remember the good old days when if you screwed up, you expected to be yelled at rather than be given a pat on the head and ice cream cone?

  7. pike573 says: Nov 10, 2012 9:47 PM

    Because those in charge are always right, huh guys?

  8. t16rich says: Nov 10, 2012 9:55 PM


    I certainly hope you aren’t citing the fabricated lies from Craig James and his son. Other than that lie, I don’t think you have evidence of Mike Leach being a bad guy or coach.

  9. crazyfootballfun says: Nov 10, 2012 10:06 PM

    It does not take a rocket scientist to see that Leach thinks he needs to belittle people to make men out of them. Personally have not seen any physical abuse,but once you deliberately humiliate people, taking that next step is not that far of a step. One does not have to be an ass to be firm or to keep discipline.

  10. lbijake says: Nov 10, 2012 10:24 PM

    Screw the BCS title game. Let’s give everyone a trophy. Freakin left wing commie pinkos. Remember the good old days when men were men, women were women and the sheep were very, very nervous.

  11. trapshoot says: Nov 10, 2012 10:52 PM

    It’s a big boys game. If you can’t stand the pressure, don’t play.

  12. mcqphx says: Nov 10, 2012 10:59 PM

    Fkin Dem Nation

  13. barbeaux says: Nov 11, 2012 12:12 AM

    He was their leading receiver? Doesnt sound like a “pussy” or “entitled” person to me.

  14. badintent says: Nov 11, 2012 1:16 AM

    Read the book”Meat on the Hoof ” then decide if he was possibly gong through hell in the program or a prima donna or something in between.
    “Meat on the Hoof ” is about the U of Texas football program in the 60’s and how Coach Darryl Royall used brutal contact/ running drills to beat up players so they give up their football scholarships.

  15. huskylawyer says: Nov 11, 2012 2:33 AM

    I’m in the state of Washington, and apparently, Leach and his staff ran the team hard, to the point of man of the players puking (not a big deal). But it doesn’t end there. He then had the players do push-ups and sit-ups in their own puke (ummm..that’s a problem). That was the last straw for Wilson…

  16. lgwelsh1 says: Nov 11, 2012 3:10 AM

    This kid would never make it in the NFL, he thinks it’s rough in college? LOL

  17. allidoiswin55 says: Nov 11, 2012 5:13 AM

    Leech is a control freak!!!! He ban twitter, belittled seniors, constantly calls out players PUBLICALLY. Saying he has a bare closet worth of talent and putting down all upperclassmen. With his track record he’s been known to be a bully and go too far.

    Whether proven or not all the allegations against leech show theirs something going on. Why would soooooo many people Be out to get this guy? Doesn’t add up. That old school style of coaching doesn’t always apply because THEY MIGHT BE TAKING it too far. They take it and make it too personal. In any line of work or profession people abuse power and we the WORKER /PUBLIC can either deal with it or not. But when character and manhood are questioned about players that you don’t know their entire history is unacceptable. Where he came FROM, what obstacles he overcame to be in this position. The player can choose rightfully to accept it or move on. Don’t judge people that you might not know.

    I am not a Wazzu fan Btw. But Wilson is a TOP5 RECIECER. HE will be drafted in the first 3 rds. His athletic ability hasn’t been met because his QBS suck. And he STILL HAS A BUMCH OF RECORDS. If he played with an even average QB he might be a 1st team all American with ease. Watch his film and games he’s just like an AJ GREEN. Almost exactly but far more productive in college Green. Hes been great on a absolute terrible team. No one knows why he left for sure.

    But don’t forget whose track record is worse. This entire time Leech has been being a douce. What about that ” Empty Corpse” comment a couple weeks ago? All of these public displays make you wonder about what he says or does in private?

  18. norcalirish says: Nov 11, 2012 8:19 AM

    cometkazie: he wouldn’t have faired well at all, considering the color of his skin. In fact, I doubt “the bear” would have allowed him on his all white team.

  19. vader7176 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:31 AM

    Yeah Leech may be a dick but it sounds like the little “why don’t these adults kiss my butt” clown is simply using the history of another ” but daddy was in the NFL ” incident at TT to try and save face for being a little whining bitch. Sorry about the language, but this little twerp was just mad that he had to practice harder than under the previous coaching regime. Well son, there’s a new sheriff in town.

  20. vader7176 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:38 AM

    Hey manchester– were you in the Marines and if so which one? Because the Corp that I was in didn’t have an issue at Paris ls. of humiliating me for f….ing up. Of course if we f…ed up in combat that meant yours or your fellow Marine’s butt. hoo rah

  21. dkhhuey says: Nov 11, 2012 4:07 PM

    Man up son

  22. danielp42 says: Nov 11, 2012 6:28 PM

    Mike leach is a sociopath…you had to know that going in. And five dead hookers don’t make craig James’ allegations any less true

  23. massivedick says: Nov 12, 2012 3:12 PM

    manchestermiracle … your mangina is almost as gaping as marquess’s

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