You know it’s the offseason when college football players start getting into trouble with the law. Every year it seems that young men with too much time on their hands during the lull of the year when they aren’t in practice or endless meetings find ways to make the new for all the wrong reason. For Gabe Marks of the Washington State Cougars, that means getting arrested at 2 a.m. for causing a ruckus in a bar and causing a headache for Mike Leach and the WSU coaching staff.
According to the Pullman Police Department, Marks was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. and cited for four misdemeanors, including: fourth-degree assault, second-degree criminal trespass, being a minor intoxicated in public (Marks is only 19) and frequenting a tavern. Marks reportedly had gotten into a dispute with another patron at the bar, prompting the tavern to ask him to leave. That’s what he punched one of the employees and they detained him until the police showed up. Marks spent no time in jail and will be issued a court date.
The sophomore wide receiver has emerged as the go-to receiver in WSU’s Air-Raid offensive attack over the last two seasons and led the team in 2013 with 74 receptions for 807 yards with seven touchdowns. Leach will undoubtedly come down hard on Marks, though the school had no official comment on the incident, as the receiver is expected to be one of the leaders of the team heading into 2014. On Sunday, Marks took to his Twitter account to apologize, writing “I am sorry to everyone who believed in me. My actions are my own and I have to live with it. Can’t change the past. Can only look forward.”
While Marks can expect to have some heavy and uncomfortable meetings with his coaching staff this spring stemming from this incident, it’s not likely that this fight will affect his availability next season. How much Marks will be relied on as a leader of the team, however, could be at jeopardy. Can the Cougs count on Marks to be a leader in 2014 after this embarrassing arrest?