WR Wilson accuses Washington State's Leach of abusing players

Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:08pm EST

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Washington State junior wide receiver Marquess Wilson said Saturday he left the school's football program earlier this week because of alleged abuse by the coaching staff.

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce my decision to forgo playing football for Washington State University," Wilson said in a statement. "I realize the school is saying that I am suspended for violating team policies and may return next week, but this is a lie. This is an attempt by the athletic department to cover up what is really happening in that locker room.

"... the new regime of coaches has preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us. This approach has obviously not been successful, and has put a dark shadow on this program. My teammates and I have endured this treatment all season long. It is not 'tough love'. It is abuse. This abuse cannot be allowed to continue. I feel it is my duty to stand up and shed light on this situation by sacrificing my drams(sic), my education and my pride."

Wilson had been suspended from the team for unspecified reasons Monday, according to a Washington State spokesman. First-year coach Mike Leach gave no reason for the discipline. Several reports said Wilson had quit the team.

Washington State (2-7) had lost six consecutive games. It plays host to No. 18 BCS-ranked UCLA (7-2) on Saturday night.

Leach was forced out after 10 seasons at Texas Tech after allegations of abuse against a concussion victim.

Wilson, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 17-rated wide receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft class and currently projected as a fourth-round pick, led the Cougars with 52 catches for 813 yards with five touchdowns.

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Comments (3)
jaroca wrote:
Coach’s past record would ‘seem’ to prove Wilson right.

Time will tell, but, what does Wilson gain by coming out like this and making this statement?

It would label him a trouble maker for any future sports ambitions he may have, yet he takes the gamble.

A school that never appeared to have such a proplem before has one since Leach shows up………..

Let’s find out for the sake of the students.

Nov 10, 2012 11:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:
I have to say this development is certainly enough for the school to initiate an investigation, and I don’t mean a Look-See, I mean a real and deep investigation. I have a bit of trouble understanding why Washington would hire someone fired for “abuse” by another reputable school, in the first place.

Nov 11, 2012 7:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
ddmondello wrote:
Leach has behaved like a punk in his past coaching experiences. This would lead me to think that Leach is still a punk and approaching his past with indetermininate knowledge.

Is Leach this thick in the head? He thinks macho is cool after his decleating in Texas Tech?! That’s the description of a punk! Somebody who always thinks you need to man up even when you’ve proven yourself in the past.
What Macho is, is being decent, even when the chips are down, you find a way, and nobody would have thought a decent person could do that. Macho is losing politely, when others think it’s the world, you think it’s small potatos. Punks are punks.. If Leach is calling out his best receiver, there is either a huge problem on that team, or else Leach is a power monger and hoping to install his own little governnent there for the next several years. Weird!

Nov 11, 2012 7:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
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