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Internal investigation finds no wrongdoing by Washington State after allegations of player abuse

Posted: December 12, 2012 - 11:55pm  |  Updated: December 13, 2012 - 1:28am
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SPOKANE, Wash. — An internal investigation into a former player’s allegations of abuse by Washington State football coaches didn’t turn up any evidence of such abuse, athletic director Bill Moos said Wednesday.

A dozen players were interviewed by two members of Moos’ staff, and all reported they were having a positive experience at Washington State under head coach Mike Leach and his assistants, Moos said.

“The majority of the players stated that the player that walked out of practice let the team down and put them, their coach and WSU in a bad light,” Moos wrote in a memo to WSU President Elson Floyd that was released Wednesday.

“There is no signs of abuse or mistreatment of players,” Moos said in a conference call with reporters from Pullman. “Hopefully, we can get this behind us and go forward.”

Star receiver Marquess Wilson quit the team during a practice late in the season and later contended that players were suffering physical and mental abuse at the hands of coaches.

Floyd asked for the internal review of those allegations, and also asked the Pacific-12 Conference to do its own review. The conference review is still being conducted.

Wilson contended in a letter sent to journalists on Nov. 10 that he quit the team prior to the UCLA game as a protest to “physical, emotional and verbal abuse” by the coaching staff. He complained that coaches would “belittle, intimidate and humiliate us.” He did not provide details.

Leach denied there was any abuse.

Moos revealed in his memo that he received a text message from Wilson after the UCLA game “where he recanted the allegations of abuse made in a letter written by he and a relative and sent to the media earlier that evening.”

In his memo, Moos said the players interviewed by his staff reported they felt supported academically and socially on the football team.

“The players did say the off-season conditioning sessions are intense and challenging, but appropriate for what they are designed to achieve,” Moos wrote. “The players said they believe in the coaches and that they will take the program to a higher level.”

Moos said his staff asked players to discuss academic services, nutrition, athletic training, strength and conditioning and equipment operations.

Moos said his staff found “the head coach is firm, fair and most of all, consistent.”

Moos said some concerns were raised regarding conditioning drills in a box of sand next to the practice field.

“Water was used on occasion to harden the sand in the box and at times players were sprayed,” Moos wrote. “This practice was discontinued upon my directive around mid-season as I felt it was not necessary to produce the desired results.”

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.

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WTKKITDH???

What the Kliff Kingsbury is this doing here??? I always knew the Anti- Journalism was anti-tech, but this proves it!!! On the same evening we get Coach Kliff Kingsbury, I click "bookmarks", then "red raiders", and the first story is about Washington state university and leach. You should be ashamed of yourselves, and should apologize to Red Raider Nation for being so obviously biased and prejudicial. We are all cele-brating our new head coach, and you leeches run a divisive article that has nothing to do with TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL. Watch what you say Kliff, it's now obvious the aj is pro-leach/anti-Tech football !!!

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@pete

Maybe you were tongue-in-cheek. AJ most def not pro-Leach. But they put the ALLEGATIONS at WSU on full blast on this site, so they were journalistically bound to report the refutation. Timing to KK hire was coincidental.

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@petebenishek

Sir, although your concern that the AJ's timing about the Coach Leach story, you are way off base about its publication. This is a story from the ASSOCIATED PRESS, a national sports story, not written by the AJ. The AJ carries AP stories - that is their source for national news.

Get over it - KK's hire is to unite Tech's fractured fan base so you must understand there are Leach fans in Lubbock excited about Coach Kingsbury and more than willing to back his hiring. This is a time for healing, and a national story about Leach is appropriate.

NOTE: Wilson recanted his allegations! That in itself is news!

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Doesn't matter

Nothing to get over for me, I'm not the one living in "3 years ago". AP doesn't run this site, which is "Red Raiders - Football". Stories about former coaches at another program don't belong here, irregardless of what stories they previously ran, or the fact that you were one of the leach-worshippers that caused a need for "uniting and healing". Note: Moos said he received an e-mail, which he does not reproduce. Wilson did not publicly recant. And if kh@nce conducted an internal investigation, y'all wouldn't believe a word of it.

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More to firing than what you read

The last paragraph in this article is typically what the media reports as to what got Leach fired at Tech. It had more to do with Leach's behavior toward his superiors in the administration, something that the media will probably never report.

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I knew

Leach would be vindicated.

This would be has been of a football player just didn't want to put forth the effort it takes to be one of Mike's receivers. Hey you get lazy....who wants to work their buns off when you can coast and get your education paid for?

Stupid kid.....if he had worked hard and bought into the system he might be making millions now......but then again that takes work.

You go Coach Leach.....I believed in you then and I believe in you now. And I believe in your first great quarterback, Kliff Kingsbury.

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