Pac-12 Finds No Evidence of Abuse in WSU Football Program - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Washington State Football

Pac-12 Finds No Evidence of Abuse in WSU Football Program

Updated:
Receiver Marquess Wilson left the WSU football team in November 2012 after making allegations of abuse. He later recanted those claims, saying his comments were misinterpreted (Photo: SWX) Receiver Marquess Wilson left the WSU football team in November 2012 after making allegations of abuse. He later recanted those claims, saying his comments were misinterpreted (Photo: SWX)
  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • Washington State Football

    Moos: No Signs of Abuse in WSU Football Program

    Moos: No Signs of Abuse in WSU Football Program

    Thursday, December 13 2012 3:00 PM EST2012-12-13 20:00:06 GMT
    WSU AthleticsWSU Athletics
    Washington State's investigation of Mike Leach and his fellow coaches turned up no evidence of abuse against players, athletic director Bill Moos said Wednesday.>>
    Washington State's investigation of Mike Leach and his fellow coaches turned up no evidence of abuse against players, athletic director Bill Moos said Wednesday.>>
  • UPDATE: Wilson Quits WSU Football Team; WSU President Reviewing Allegations

    Wilson Quits WSU Football Team

    Sunday, November 11 2012 1:35 PM EST2012-11-11 18:35:10 GMT
    PULLMAN, Wash. - WSU President Elson Floyd released a statement Sunday morning regarding allegations made by former WSU Receiver Marquess Wilson about what he called "abuse" by the WSU coaching staff.
    >>
    PULLMAN, Wash. - WSU President Elson Floyd released a statement Sunday morning regarding allegations made by former WSU Receiver Marquess Wilson about what he called "abuse" by the WSU coaching staff. That statement is below:
    >>
  • Washington State Football

    The Day After: Leach Sheds Little Light on Wilson Suspension

    The Day After: Leach Sheds Little Light on Wilson Suspension

    Tuesday, November 6 2012 2:09 PM EST2012-11-06 19:09:11 GMT
    © SWX© SWX
    Mike Leach and WSU have decided to stay relatively quiet about the mysterious suspension of receiver Marquess Wilson.>>
    When news broke Monday morning that Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson had been suspended, many in the media – and many fans – thought they would know more as the day progressed. As it turns out, WSU has decided to keep things quiet.>>

The Pac-12 conference said Tuesday it found no evidence of player abuse inside the Washington State football program.

The findings are the result of an independent investigation launched by the conference after receiver Marquess Wilson made claims of abuse. He later recanted the accusation, saying he was simply trying to clear his name after he was suspended for breaking team rules.

A separate investigation by the school turned up the same result.

"I am pleased with the outcome of both reviews," said WSU president Elson S. Floyd. "The well-being of all WSU students is our highest priority, and it was important to take seriously allegations against the program. Now that the reviews are completed and have rejected those allegations, we will continue to move forward with our goal of establishing a successful program while maintaining the high standards shared by Washington State University, WSU Athletics and Coach Leach."

The Pac-12 investigative team conducted a total of 20 interviews, including coaches, athletes, parents of athletes, athletic department leaders and staff members. They also spoke with Wilson himself. According to the report, no one believed any of coach Mike Leach's actions, or the actions of his assistants, could be considered abusive. Rather, those interviewed said they understood Leach was trying to instill a new attitude in the program.

With regard to the conditioning workouts, including the one from which Wilson walked away in November, the report states:

"All parties agreed that the coaching staff is tough, they demand discipline and they will not tolerate anything less than maximum effort when involved in their program. The vast majority of student-athletes reported that despite the difficulty of the workouts they each recognize that it will bring rewards to them and the football program."

In conclusion, the investigators made a series of recommendations, including the implementation of a formal "discipline workout/conditioning policy", and a suggestion to pay particular attention to the NCAA rule limiting the number and length of practices.


Read the investigative report from the Pac-12:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/119496654/PAC-12-Conference-report-on-WSU-Football

  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • Gonzaga Women's Basketball Announces WCC Slate

    Gonzaga Women's Basketball Announces WCC Slate

    First-year Gonzaga University head women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier will make her West Coast Conference debut at home as the 2014-15 WCC schedule was announced Tuesday.>>
    First-year Gonzaga University head women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier will make her West Coast Conference debut at home as the 2014-15 WCC schedule was announced Tuesday.>>
  • Sweets & Pippins Rank in Top 50 Nationally for Attendance Numbers

    Sweets & Pippins Rank in Top 50 Nationally for Attendance Numbers

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:22:39 GMT
    For the fifth season in a row, the Walla Walla Sweets, despite playing in one of the continent’s smallest markets, finished in the Top 50 (#45), while the Yakima Valley Pippins joined the rankings in their inaugural season, ranking number 35 nationally when it comes to attendance numbers.>>
    For the fifth season in a row, the Walla Walla Sweets, despite playing in one of the continent’s smallest markets, finished in the Top 50 (#45), while the Yakima Valley Pippins joined the rankings in their inaugural season, ranking number 35 nationally when it comes to attendance numbers.>>
  • 2014 College Football Schedule on SWX

    College Football on SWX

    SWX is proud to present another exciting year of college football! Below is a listing of all the games slated to be broadcast during the 2014 season. All games will be shown LIVE on SWX in their respective regions, and all games will be seen in HD where available.>>
    SWX is proud to present another exciting year of college football! Below is a listing of all the games slated to be broadcast during the 2014 season. All games will be shown LIVE on SWX in their respective regions, and all games will be seen in HD where available.>>
  • Washington St.WSUMore>>

  • Jason Gesser Answers 'Ice Bucket Challenge' From Michelle Dapper

    Jason Gesser Answers 'Ice Bucket Challenge' From Michelle Dapper

    Monday, August 18 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-08-18 16:12:41 GMT
    Last week SWX's own Michelle Dapper challenge Washington State legend Jason Gesser to take the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' and on Sunday Gesser finally answered the challenge. Checkout the video.>>
    Last week SWX's own Michelle Dapper challenge Washington State legend Jason Gesser to take the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' and on Sunday Gesser finally answered the challenge. Checkout the video.>>
  • Catching Up With The Cougar Camp

    Catching Up With The Cougar Camp

    SWX's John Collett spent the day in Pullman on Tuesday to catch up with the Washington State University football team as it continues its fall camp this week with the season quickly approaching.>>
    SWX's John Collett spent the day in Pullman on Tuesday to catch up with the Washington State University football team as it continues its fall camp this week with the season quickly approaching.
    >>
  • WSU Defense Strong In First Scrimmage

    WSU Defense Strong In First Scrimmage

    Sunday, August 10 2014 1:05 AM EDT2014-08-10 05:05:06 GMT
    Washington State football held its first scrimmage of fall camp, working through roughly 60 plays at Sacajawea Middle School Saturday afternoon.>>
    Washington State football held its first scrimmage of fall camp, working through roughly 60 plays at Sacajawea Middle School Saturday afternoon.
    >>