Pac-12 agrees to Wash. State review
DENVER -- The Pac-12 has agreed to look into allegations made by former Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson of abusive behavior by coach Mike Leach and his staff, commissioner Larry Scott said Monday.
The decision by the conference to investigate the claims comes two days after Wilson quit the team.
Wilson says he left the program because of the actions of Leach and his staff. Wilson says the new staff has "preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us," and that included physical abuse.
Asked after Saturday's 44-36 loss to UCLA to comment on Wilson's departure, Leach said, "I'm not going to talk about anybody that's not here, you know. I coach the guys that are here. I don't have anything to say about anybody that's not here."
Asked if he denied abusing Wilson, Leach said, "Absolutely. Next question. And if you expect to ask another one, you won't keep walking down that path."
Leach is in his first season as Washington State coach after spending two years out of coaching. He spent 10 seasons as Texas Tech coach before being fired in 2009 after claims of mistreatment from a player.
Washington State president Elson Floyd called for a review from the Pac-12 and the school's athletic conference on Sunday.
Floyd said in a statement Sunday morning that after consultation with athletic director Bill Moos he asked the athletic department to report findings and conclusions as soon as possible. Floyd said reviews from both the Pac-12 and the athletic department "should get to the bottom of the matter."
In a statement issued Saturday night, Moos said it was unfortunate that Wilson decided to quit.
"I believe I join many Cougars in wishing Marquess well in his future endeavors," Moos said. "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."
Wilson, a junior, set school single-season records last year with 82 receptions and 1,388 yards receiving. This season, he leads the team with 52 receptions for 813 yards.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.