Leach says his players aren't abused

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 11, 2012
Washington State football coach Mike Leach denied his players are subjected to any type of abuse, as alleged by star receiver Marquess Wilson. Wilson made the allegations in a letter he released Saturday in which he quit the team and also complained that the coaching staff would ''belittle, intimidate and humiliate us.'' Leach said during his regular Monday meeting with reporters: ''There is no truth about it at all.'' He described Wilson as a disgruntled player. Asked if there had been any actions by coaches that could be construed as abuse, Leach replied: ''No, no, no. Next question.'' Wilson issued a statement on Saturday saying he had quit the team as a protest to ''physical, emotional and verbal abuse'' by the coaching staff. He did not provide examples and has not been available for comment. Wilson is Washington State's career leader with 3,207 receiving yards, but has been a regular target of criticism from Leach and his assistants since spring drills. More recently, he was demoted to backup receiver, although he continued to lead the team in receptions and yards. Washington State President Elson Floyd on Sunday asked the school's athletic department and the Pac-12 Conference to conduct separate investigations into Wilson's allegations. ''Together, both reports should get to the bottom of the matter,'' Floyd said in a press release. Leach said he had no problem with the two investigations, which he expected would ''dispel all the falsehoods that surround this.'' Wilson was suspended after walking out of a tough conditioning drill on Nov. 4. ''Sixty five people went through that workout, and he left after 15 minutes and nobody went after him,'' Leach said. ''That says more about him than anybody or anything else.'' At first, athletic department officials said there was a chance Wilson could return, but the player put an end to that on Saturday. ''I believe coaches have a chance to mold players, to shape men, to create greatness,'' Wilson's statement said. ''However, the new regime of coaches has preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us.'' Several players asked if they have witnessed abuse either declined to comment or denied seeing any abuse. ''Staying away from all that is the smart thing to do,'' said quarterback Jeff Tuel, a close friend of Wilson, on Monday. ''I haven't seen any sort of physical abuse at all,'' center Elliott Bosch said. Leach was fired from Texas Tech after the 2009 season for an incident in which he was alleged to have ordered a player with a concussion to sit in a storage shed during practice. Leach disputed the allegation and it was not proven. Leach has sued Texas Tech, contending he was fired so the school could avoid a large payment due him at the end of the year. Washington State hired Leach late last year to revive a moribund program, paying him more than $2 million a year. The hire energized the fan base, but it has been a tough initial season, as the Cougars are 2-8 with two games left. Leach has raised eyebrows with his comments lambasting his team after some games. He has said some of the seniors display an ''empty corpse quality,'' said the team's performance in a loss at Utah resembled a zombie convention, and said the play of his offensive and defensive lines in that game ''bordered on cowardice.''
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