WSU completes internal football review after Wilson abuse claims

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 7:41 PM

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University Athletics Department completed its internal review of practices and procedures of the WSU football program, and found no wrong doing.

The review was ordered after star player Marquess Wilson claimed abuse by the coaching staff.  Accorind to the review, those claims were recanted by Wilson in a text message to Bill Moos the same night Wilson released his initial statement.

Athletic Director Bill Moos said 12 players were questioned in the review; those players reported a positive experience at WSU, Moos said. Those questioned said practices are up-tempo, but demand great focus and effort, and called offseason conditioning sessions "intense and challenging, but appropriate for waht they are designed to achieve".

This was Coach Mike Leach’s first season with the Cougars.

Bill Moos concluded his statement by saying coaching changes rarely go smoothly; however is encouraged that the program is moving in a positive direction.

The PAC-12 is conducting a separate investigation.

WSU's full review can be found here.

Below is Moos’ entire statement

“Last month President Floyd asked me to fully review allegations raised concerning the football program and report those findings and conclusions as soon as possible,” said Moos. “I have fulfilled his charge over the past few weeks, which included interviews with multiple student-athletes and support staff involved with the program. Once I received the findings from members of my staff, I found that the program is moving in the desired direction, that is it on-par with, or exceeds, other BSC-level programs in terms of expectations and commitment. Transition in coaching changes is rarely smooth, however, after reviewing the comments from the players that were interviewed; I am encouraged the program is moving in a positive direction.” 

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