PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University President Elson Floyd issued a statement late Sunday morning in which he said he has requested both the WSU athletic department and the Pac-12 Conference to look into wide receiver Marquess Wilson's allegations Saturday that the football regime of coach Mike Leach practices "physical, emotional and verbal abuse."
Wilson was suspended by the Cougars for leaving a rigorous conditioning practice last Sunday night. After it appeared initially there could be room for Wilson's return for the final two games of the season, he issued a statement through his stepfather Saturday alleging the abuses by Leach, the first-year coach.
"After consultation with WSU athletic director Bill Moos, I have asked our athletic department to fully review recent allegations raised concerning the football program and report their findings and conclusions as soon as possible," Floyd's statement said. "Simultaneously, I have asked the Pac-12 to independently do the same. Together, both reports should get to the bottom of the matter." Wilson cited coaches who "belittle, intimidate and humiliate us" in his letter, addressed to "Cougar Nation" and sent to various media outlets, including The Seattle Times.
The Cougars fell behind UCLA 37-7 at halftime Saturday night in a Dads Weekend game at Martin Stadium, making a passel of special-teams mistakes, then staged a stirring second-half rally that brought them back before they lost, 44-36.