This situation just got uglier. Star wide receiver Marquess Wilson has left the Washington State program after being suspended indefinitely. He has released a letter of resignation, accusing Mike Leach and his coaching staff of inflicting “physical, emotional and verbal abuse.”
“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
It has been a disappointing first year for Leach. This may be the nadir. Guessing this won’t be the last we hear of this story.
Wilson, expected to compete for an All-American spot preseason, had 813 yards and five touchdowns through nine games. A junior, he will be eligible for the NFL Draft.
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