Two days after the Whitman County Prosecutor handed down a pair of charges to Washington State linebacker Logan Tago, Athletic Director Bill Moos released a statement providing some clarity on Tago's status with the program.
Tago is facing charges of second degree robbery - which is a felony in Washington - and fourth degree assault.
Based on WSU's athletic policy, student athletes will be suspended while facing a felony charge.
Here is what Moos had to say Wednesday, in a statement released by the athletic department.
“There has been a great deal of speculation surrounding the status of WSU student-athlete Logan Tago. As I mentioned a few weeks ago when this situation arose, we would wait for the legal process to play out before rushing to judgment. With a felony charge now having been filed, our department code of conduct policy dictates that, absent extraordinary circumstances, student-athletes are not permitted to represent WSU athletics in outside competition until such time as the case is resolved. I firmly believe in the notion that a person is innocent until proven guilty, so while the legal matter is ongoing, Logan will be allowed to practice with the team, though that will be determined by the head coach.
“I do believe Logan to be a fine young man. Unfortunately, it appears during the incident in question he did not represent the high standards we expect from our student-athletes at WSU. As previously stated, we will now see the legal process through before making any further determination.”
If Tago is unable to 'represent WSU athletics in outside competition' - he will miss at least three games. His initial Whitman County court date is November 4th. The Cougars play UCLA, Arizona State and Oregon State prior to that date.
Tago was accused of attacking a student and stealing a case of beer in June.
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