Pac-12 Finds No Evidence of Abuse in WSU Football Program - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

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)

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>>

  • Dialed In: Breaking Down UW, WSU And The Pac-12

    Dialed In: Breaking Down UW, WSU And The Pac-12

    SWXRightNow.com -- SWX's Neil Stover invited Tacoma News Tribune University of Washington beat writer Christian Caple and the Spokesman-Review's Washington State beat man Jacob Thorpe into the Fasteners Sports Studio to breakdown both football programs and where they slot into the Pac-12 Conference.More >>
    SWXRightNow.com -- SWX's Neil Stover invited Tacoma News Tribune University of Washington beat writer Christian Caple and the Spokesman-Review's Washington State beat man Jacob Thorpe into the Fasteners Sports Studio to breakdown both football programs and where they slot into the Pac-12 Conference.More >>
  • Former Coug Motum Signs With Jazz, Kent To Toss M's First Pitch

    Former Coug Motum Signs With Jazz, Kent To Toss M's First Pitch

    Former Washington State University men's basketball standout, Brock Motum, has signed with the Utah Jazz as a free agent, the organization announced Tuesday. Also, Cougar head basketball coach Ernie Kent will throw the ceremonial first pitch at the Mariners game later this week.More >>
    Former Washington State University men's basketball standout, Brock Motum, has signed with the Utah Jazz as a free agent, the organization announced Tuesday. Also, Cougar head basketball coach Ernie Kent will throw the ceremonial first pitch at the Mariners game later this week.
    More >>
  • Pippins OF Vince Fernandez Named West Coast League MVP

    Pippins OF Vince Fernandez Named West Coast League MVP

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 3:17 PM EDT2014-08-26 19:17:48 GMT
    After a record-setting summer with the Yakima Valley Pippins, Vince Fernandez was honored by the West Coast League Tuesday as the league’s most valuable player, the first player from an expansion team to garner this accolade in WCL history.More >>
    After a record-setting summer with the Yakima Valley Pippins, Vince Fernandez was honored by the West Coast League Tuesday as the league’s most valuable player, the first player from an expansion team to garner this accolade in WCL history.More >>
  • Washington St.WSUMore>>

  • Dialed In: Breaking Down UW, WSU And The Pac-12

    Dialed In: Breaking Down UW, WSU And The Pac-12

    SWXRightNow.com -- SWX's Neil Stover invited Tacoma News Tribune University of Washington beat writer Christian Caple and the Spokesman-Review's Washington State beat man Jacob Thorpe into the Fasteners Sports Studio to breakdown both football programs and where they slot into the Pac-12 Conference.More >>
    SWXRightNow.com -- SWX's Neil Stover invited Tacoma News Tribune University of Washington beat writer Christian Caple and the Spokesman-Review's Washington State beat man Jacob Thorpe into the Fasteners Sports Studio to breakdown both football programs and where they slot into the Pac-12 Conference.More >>
  • Former Coug Motum Signs With Jazz, Kent To Toss M's First Pitch

    Former Coug Motum Signs With Jazz, Kent To Toss M's First Pitch

    Former Washington State University men's basketball standout, Brock Motum, has signed with the Utah Jazz as a free agent, the organization announced Tuesday. Also, Cougar head basketball coach Ernie Kent will throw the ceremonial first pitch at the Mariners game later this week.More >>
    Former Washington State University men's basketball standout, Brock Motum, has signed with the Utah Jazz as a free agent, the organization announced Tuesday. Also, Cougar head basketball coach Ernie Kent will throw the ceremonial first pitch at the Mariners game later this week.
    More >>
  • 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.More >>
    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.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.