Mike Leach in Hot Water at Washington State

By Patrick Schmidt

Former Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson left the team on Saturday and the reason why could land head coach Mike Leach in hot water.

Wilson has been suspended for a violation of team rules earlier in the week for walking out of a conditioning session after the Cougars lost to Utah.

In a statement released today, Wilson alleged abuse from the new coaching staff and felt the urge to bring to light the treatment he and his former teammates had to endure in the first season under Leach.

You may remember Leach was the subject of abuse in his final year at Texas Tech when he locked Adam James in a shed and forced him to stand for hours while recovering from a concussion.

Wilson reiterated his claim of abuse when he said, “The new regime of coaches has preferred to belittle, intimidate, and humiliate us.  This approach has not been successful and has put a dark shadow on this program.”

This could be a case of sour grapes on the part of Wilson who was fed up with losing and tired of putting forth the extra work for a coach he didn’t respect.  However, this is the second time that Leach has been accused of such behavior and you have to wonder where there is smoke, there’s fire.

Wilson was a 2011 2nd team All-American selection when he set school records with 82 catches and 1,388 yards receiving. He leaves the program as the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards and with a controversial exit that could spell the end of his former coach.

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Patrick is a diehard Chicago sports and an avid college football fan, and host of “The Wake-up Call,” a weekly sports show on Sportstownchicago.com airing live on Wednesday mornings from 8-10. View his show’s website here

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