Skip to content

Wazzu president asks school, Pac-12 to review Wilson allegations

UCLA v Washington State Getty Images

Claims by former Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson that the football program’s coaching staff inflicted “physical, emotional and mental abuse” on both he and other players could be the focal point of two separate investigations.

Washington State University President Elson Floyd released a statement Sunday asking the school’s athletic department, as well as the Pac-12 conference, conduct independent reviews of the allegations and report their findings.

After consultation with WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos, I have asked our athletic department to fully review recent allegations raised concerning the football program and report their findings and conclusions as soon as possible. Simultaneously, I have asked the Pac-12 to independently do the same. Together, both reports should get to the bottom of the matter.

Wilson, a star wide receiver for the Cougars, was indefinitely suspended by coach Mike Leach last week amid rumors that he walked out of a workout. Hours before Washington State was set to host UCLA, Wilson released a statement accusing the “new regime of coaches” of abuse on a variety of levels.

Leach was fired from Texas Tech in December, 2009, for reportedly mistreating player Adam James for a concussion. Right or wrong, that past has come back and will continue to play a role in an ugly situation for everyone involved.

Permalink 6 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Pac-12 Conference, Rumor Mill, Top Posts, Washington State Cougars
6 Responses to “Wazzu president asks school, Pac-12 to review Wilson allegations”
  1. poppajohn818 says: Nov 11, 2012 4:49 PM

    The problem with some kids today is that they watch & do what so called professionals do. They are spoiled and want it their way. WS should be glad this brat is gone he will fit in well with the misfits of the SEC

  2. mauldawg says: Nov 11, 2012 7:04 PM

    18 Kids dont leave a team for no reason.poppajohns818 you have know clue as to what is going on with in the program Leach has a rep for being out of controll.Cant wait,if the review is done fairly,which I doubt.It would be great to see leach gone.He is the cancer.

  3. jeremyb91 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:50 PM

    If skating and being forced to work for your spot on the depth chart despite natural talent is considered abuse then several coaches in college are out of control for not allowing the better players on the team to skate. On a Mike Leach team, no one is above the team and all face the same consequences.

    A majority of the players left because they either couldn’t handle being forced to work or were not good enough to play PAC 12 football. Leach has instructed several of them to leave since they would get a better shot playing for a small school then they would riding the pine at WSU thus freeing a bunch of scholarships that can be given to talented players willing to play for Mike Leach.

  4. aaroncurryisbust says: Nov 11, 2012 8:47 PM

    Leach has nothing wrong, it isn’t his fault he’s inherited a team filled with talentless, unmotivated trash.

  5. abrellbama says: Nov 12, 2012 5:11 PM

    This is a talented kid. He wouldn’t have walked out of a workout unless he was just fed up with what was going on. Coach Leach uses “bully” tactics and has even admitted to such and he sees nothing wrong with it. THAT is the problem. You can’t bully someone into doing better. By humiliating that person, it only makes them worse, not better. I think these two investigations will bring this out. Coach Leach had better change his ways or he is going to lose another job.

  6. abrellbama says: Nov 12, 2012 5:20 PM

    You people that keep saying the kid is spoiled are ridiculous. These kids work hard to get where they are. Yes, some are spoiled but most are not. Washington State just lost their best WR to “bully” tactics that Leach uses. He was tired of being humiliated by Leach and his “bully” squad because this is what Leach does. He even admitted to putting kids on the sideline making them do their school work, when they were behind in classes, so all the players could see. Another “bully” tactic he uses. He uses a lot of them. So shut up defending the bully unless you are one yourself.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!