Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Mike Leach says he has a Zombie problem with his older players. They say he has anger issues and now Leach is again under investigation for player abuse.
Mike Leach left his storage closet problem behind in Lubbock, and now it has turned into a headset problem for Tommy Tuberville.
Meanwhile Leach has another discontented wide receiver claiming emotional and physical abuse, enough so that Leach faces not one, but two separate investigations.
Leach suspended Marquess Wilson last week for walking out of practice and for generally being a malcontent. Leach had complained of his casual effort in practices and benched him against Stanford and then demoted him to 2nd team against Utah.
Wilson, a 3-year starter for the Cougars, now claims that Leach and his staff have used intimidation and humiliation to run players off. He released a statement which said in part:
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 dreams, 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.
For his part Leach has taken public shots at his veteran players all year, to the point of calling them zombies.
Some of them have been great and some of them have been very poor. Some of them have had kind of this zombie-like, go through the motions, everything is like how it's always been, that's how it'll always be. Some of them quite honestly have an empty corpse quality.
Washington State University president Elson S. Floyd has requested two separate investigations into the allegations -- one from the Pac-12 and the other from WSU Athletics Director Bill Moos.