Just came across this article. As we know, WSU's best receiver Marques Wilson was suspended from the team earlier this week after walking out 20 minutes into a 2 hour conditioning (discliplinary?) session on Sunday, the morning after another WSU loss the night before.
Wilson is now saying he is quitting the team entirely, in contradiction to the official word that he was suspended indefinitely
Here are the statement from Wilson
"It is with a heavy heart that I announce my decision to forgo playing football for Washington State University. I realize the school is saying that I am suspended for violating team policies and may return next week, but this is a lie. This is an attempt by the athletic department to cover up what is really happening in that locker room.
"It is been a privilege to be a Cougar, to perform on your field and wear the Crimson and Gray. I would like to thank Washington State University for giving me the opportunity to do what I love most, to play football and receive a quality education for the past three years. I'm grateful to the athletic department for the coaching, care and encouragement I have received prior to this season.
"This was going to be our year. My teammates and I were aspiring to be the winning team you deserve. Unfortunately for all, the new coaching staff has destroyed that endeavor. I believe coaches have a chance to mold players, to shape men, to create greatness. However, the new regime of coaches has preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us. This approach has obviously not been successful, and has put a dark shadow on this program.
"My teammates and I have endured this treatment all season long. It is not "tough love". It is abuse. This abuse cannot be allowed to continue. I feel it is my duty to stand up and shed light on this situation by sacrificing my drams, my education and my pride. I resign from this team. I am deeply sorry to those I am letting down. I am not a quitter. I was raised by my family, and many previous coaches to exhibit dedication and embrace sacrifice, but there comes a time when one has to draw a line in the sand.
"Lastly, I thank my fellow teammates, those who also have left the program this year, and those we are leaving behind. I hope our departure will bring awareness to the physical, emotional and verbal abuse being allowed in the locker room and on the field. I pray for healing and recovery for all those who have been hurt by this treatment
Well, every story has two sides, and frequently more, but Wilson's words are pretty potent. I know Leach has his supporters within Bruins Nation and beyond, and there is no denying his success on the field. But after the way he hung out his offensive line at last week's post game press conference, hearing this makes one wonder what is really going on.
And more and more, I am happy with the character we have seen from Coach Mora this season.