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Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson, suspended from the team this week, accused coach Mike Leach and his staff of abusive behavior on Saturday.
From the ESPN.com story:
"This was going to be our year. My teammates and I were aspiring to be the winning team you deserve," Wilson issued in a statement to Cougar Nation, according to the Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta. "Unfortunately for all, the new coaching staff has destroyed that endeavor.
"I believe coaches have a chance to mold players, to shape men, to create greatness. However, 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," Wilson said in the statement. "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 dreams, my education and my pride."
This is obviously not a good situation for Wilson, generally considered one of the nation's top receivers entering the season, nor Leach.
It's not particularly helpful for the Cougs, who will play host to UCLA tonight.
Probably not the last we'll hear about this.
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