Pac-12 to investigate allegations against Washington State coach Mike Leach
The Pac-12 will investigate allegations by former Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson of abusive behavior by head coach Mike Leach and his staff, commissioner Larry Scott said Monday.
Washington State announced it would review Wilson’s claims on Sunday.
Wilson quit the team Saturday alleging Leach and his staff “preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate” Washington State players.
Wilson was suspended by the team after he reportedly walked away from a workout on Sunday after drawing Leach’s ire, according to CoogCenter.com
Wilson has been ridden hard by the coaches since Mike Leach’s arrival, as they’ve worked to break him of a tendency to coast during practice. And during the spring, it seemed to work — with the star wide receiver stepping up in practice, putting forth full effort quite a bit and seemingly turning it around. But as the 2012 season began, Wilson appeared to regress at times, earning the scorn of Leach.
At more than one practice, I saw Wilson singled out, forced to do up-downs after giving an effort Leach wasn’t satisfied with. A simple image of this: Wilson was jammed and slammed into the ground by a corner who probably had little business knocking him off his feet, leading Leach to express his disgust and demand the star wide receiver do up-downs.
Wilson had caught 52 passes for 813 yards and five touchdowns this season before his suspension.
Washington State is 2-8 in Leach’s first season. Athletic director Bill Moos hired Leach after a controversial departure from Texas Tech that included accusations of player mistreatment by the son of former ESPN college football analyst Craig James. Leach has denied those accusations.