It has not been the season that Washington State fans had envisioned when head coach Mike Leach signed on this offseason. They had thoughts of a high-flying offense that would tear up Pac 12 defenses and lead the Cougars to a high level bowl game.
None of that has come to fruition as Washington State finds themselves at 2-7 overall and an abysmal 1-5 in Pac 12 play. Now to make matters worse, their best offensive player, WR Marquess Wilson, has resigned from the team and he is pointing all kinds of fingers.
“Dear Cougar Nation:
“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
Wilson wasn’t mincing words and wanted to make sure that Cougar nation knew the real reason that he was leaving the team.
Now, it’s not clear how true this is, as far as the abuse goes, but if Wilson went as far as leaving the team, leaving his scholarship and leaving his education it must be pretty serious.
If this is true I guess Mike Leach has been swinging his sword a little too harshly up there in Pullman.