Washington State on Mike Leach: No abuse or inappropriate behavior

Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach

Back in November, Washington State Cougars wide receiver Marquess Wilson claimed to have been “phyically, emotionally, and verbally abused” by head coach Mike Leach and other members of the staff. The allegations came after Wilson was suspended indefinitely by Leach.

The Cougars stood by Leach but still launched an investigation into the allegations.

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.

Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D.
Washington State University

Washington State has released the findings from their investigation that included interviews of 12 players and the results are as expected.

Wazzu Athletic Director Bill Moos revealed that he received a text message from Wilson after the UCLA game in which Wilson recanted the allegations he made about Leach.

“Mr. Moos this is marquess … With that letter I wasn’t trying to accuse the coaches of hitting players or anything. I was just trying to put it in different terms and now everything is getting misinterpreted and I didn’t mean it like that at all … I simply was trying to get my story across and get my name cleared instead of having it say I’m suspended for breaking team violations … That could mean like I did drugs or something … I was never trying to harm the university or the program with it.”

The report clears Leach of any wrong-doing and actually reflects positively on his coaching according to the other players on the team.

Wilson was the Cougars’ leading receiver with 52 receptions for 813 yards and 5 touchdowns.

While Washington State struggled this season, Leach has brought back some excitement to Pullman.


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