Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Leach dumps Mizell
By ESPN.com staff
It appears that just as I was typing this post, this happened: Washington State coach Mike Leach announced that sophomore linebacker C.J. Mizell "is not being retained for violation of team policy," according to a statement from the school.
That "violation" was an arrest on misdemeanor charges of assault and trespassing after a fraternity fight.
Considering that Mizell is a talented player who likely would have started in 2012, this is an aggressive, unambiguous move. Leach is drawing a hard line on discipline from the get-go.
Considering Mike Ledgerwood, Mizell's backup at middle linebacker, as well as weakside LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis are also gone, the Cougars suddenly have some questions at linebacker heading into spring practices.
And, as some have noted, this isn't Leach's first discipline move. In January, he dismissed freshman defensive tackle T.J. Poloai for a violation of team rules.