Football: WSU wideout Marquess Wilson says players victims of “abuse” by Leach


Junior wide receiver Marquess Wilson, who left the Washington State team a week ago, said in a letter to Cougar Nation that he was not booted from the team but quit because of what he claims is a pattern of “abuse” by new coach Mike Leach and his staff.

Wilson, one of the top wide receivers in the Pac-12, said instead of building up the players, the coaches “preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us.”

Click here to read Wilson’s letter.

WSU athletic director Bill Moos released this statement in response to Wilson’s letter:

“It is unfortunate that Marquess has chosen not to go through the weekend and have the subsequent visit with me as we had discussed last Tuesday. I was hopeful to provide additional guidance if he was willing to meet the standards that have been set by Mike Leach and his staff in their effort to establish a competitive football program at Washington State. Unfortunately, during times of coaching transitions, departures are not uncommon.

We have procedures in place that were developed to monitor student-athlete welfare in all of our sports programs. We will continue to follow those procedures and modify them if needed.
I believe I join many Cougars in wishing Marquess well in his future endeavors. WSU athletics plans no future statement at this time.”

Jeff Faraudo