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Wazzu issues statement on ex-player’s ‘abuse’ accusations

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Following up on the story that Marquess Wilson, who has left the Washington State football program, claimed in a statement that he and other players suffered “physical, emotional and mental abuse” at the hands of the Wazzu coaching staff, WSU athletic director Bill Moos has released a statement somewhat addressing the situation.

In the release, which the school was “[i]n response to numerous requests regarding Washington State University football,” Moos seemed to dismiss Wilson’s accusations as the university has “procedures in place… to monitor student-athlete welfare.”

While we’re quite certain this isn’t the last of this story, here’s the text of the statement, in its entirety:

“It is unfortunate that Marquess has chosen not to go through the weekend and have the subsequent visit with me as we had discussed last Tuesday.  I was hopeful to provide additional guidance if he was willing to meet the standards that have been set by Mike Leach and his staff in their effort to establish a competitive football program at Washington State. Unfortunately, during times of coaching transitions, departures are not uncommon.


“We have procedures in place that were developed to monitor student-athlete welfare in all of our sports programs.  We will continue to follow those procedures and modify them if needed.  


“I believe I join many Cougars in wishing Marquess well in his future endeavors.  WSU athletics plans no future statement at this time.”

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8 Responses to “Wazzu issues statement on ex-player’s ‘abuse’ accusations”
  1. lbijake says: Nov 11, 2012 12:36 AM

    Set my people free!!!

  2. onbucky96 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:27 AM

    Mike Leach abusing players? Someone call Craig James, I don’t buy it.

  3. olebubba says: Nov 11, 2012 9:58 AM

    What a bunch of BS….I’m so sick of these players whining! Man up!

  4. lucky5936 says: Nov 11, 2012 10:56 AM


    Normally, I would agree with you. But Mike Leach is no Saint. His history speaks for itself. I am sure the school does have “Procedures in place”, however, coaches now how to circumvent those procedures.

  5. roni says: Nov 11, 2012 11:19 AM

    How many hookers did this guy kill?

  6. queenlivekillers says: Nov 11, 2012 1:08 PM

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Texas Tech had “procedures in place” too…for football AND basketball. How did that work out?

  7. huskylawyer says: Nov 11, 2012 2:48 PM

    Leach is a goon. I’m sorry, but I’ve heard reports of his staff making players roll around in their own puke, and using a fire hose on a player. Then you have his comments that sound like they are coming from a ranting lunatic.

    He won’t coach Wazzu next year. Book it.

  8. mauldawg says: Nov 11, 2012 10:11 PM

    Leach is a loser.He is on a power trip and enjoys using kids as his target.Like I said before 18 kids just dont up and quit in one season.Leach needs to be fired before he destroys another program.

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