It’s been a rough few days for Washington State and coach Mike Leach. Hours before the Cougars took the field in what would be an eventual loss to UCLA on Saturday, suspended receiver Marquess Wilson released a statement accusing Leach and his staff of “physical, emotional and verbal abuse.”
Wilson, the team’s leading receiver, was suspended last week after he reportedly walked out on conditioning drills.
The timing of the Wilson’s accusations couldn’t have been much worse, but to WSU’s credit, they’ve responded with multiple statements which include calling for two separate investigations by the athletic department and Pac-12 conference.
On Monday, Washington State athletic director Bill Moos voiced his support for his first-year head coach — and even called out the team’s former star receiver.
“Of all the talent Marquess has,” Moos said. “his effort hasn’t always been what it could and should be.”
Here are more comments from Moos via Brian Floyd of SB Nation, who has been on top of the story:
From the sounds of it, Moos doesn’t feel anything that happened crossed a line. “I have members of my staff that are in all aspects of practice, locker rooms,” he said, adding that he’s not involved himself but does have a finger on the pulse of all his programs.
“Student-athlete welfare is always at the top of my list of my priority,” Moos added. “Football is a tough game. Tough players are the result of tough coaches.” With regards to workouts he said, “Our practices are an hour and a half. They are intense, but they’re the same every single day.”
“If we’re not getting their attention and effort, we’ll get their attention and effort,” Moos said when discussing coaching methods. “I’m all for it”
Leach said Sunday that he’s not concerned about the investigations, which should be over before the end of the week. As of today, Moos doesn’t sound concerned either.