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Leach denies abuse claims by Washington St. receiver

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • November 12, 2012 - 8:44 PM

Washington State football coach Mike Leach denied his players are subjected to any type of abuse, as alleged by star receiver Marquess Wilson.

Wilson made the allegations in a letter he released Saturday in which he quit the team and also complained that the coaching staff would "belittle, intimidate and humiliate us."

Leach said during his regular Monday meeting with reporters: "There is no truth about it at all." He described Wilson as a disgruntled player.

Asked if there had been any actions by coaches that could be construed as abuse, Leach replied: "No, no, no. Next question."

Wilson issued a statement Saturday saying he had quit the team as a protest to "physical, emotional and verbal abuse" by the coaching staff. He did not provide examples and has not been available for comment.

Wilson is the Cougars' career leader with 3,207 receiving yards, but he has been a regular target of criticism from Leach and his assistants since spring drills. Recently he was demoted to backup.

Washington State President Elson Floyd on Sunday asked the school's athletic department and the Pacific-12 Conference to conduct separate investigations into Wilson's allegations. "Together, both reports should get to the bottom of the matter," Floyd said in a news release.

Leach was fired from Texas Tech after the 2009 season for an incident in which he was alleged to have ordered a player with a concussion to sit in a storage shed during practice. Leach disputed the allegation and it was not proven.

No seventh game

The new college football postseason system will have six games as originally planned, but now a spot in the marquee bowls will be reserved for the best team from a group five conferences that includes the Big East.

The tweak to the postseason format that will start in 2014 was made during a meeting of conference commissioners and university presidents.

Etc.

• Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he can't change his ways and fans might as well accept that yelling and confrontations between him and his players are going to happen on the sidelines. The latest incident came Saturday, when Pelini and safety Daimion Stafford got into a heated exchange following a Penn State touchdown -- a confrontation caught on camera. "The only thing you can criticize Daimion Stafford for was wanting to win so bad," Pelini said. "He was upset. He should be upset. We gave up a touchdown."

• Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher apologized for using the term "retarded" in response to a question about his team's ranking in the BCS standings that determine which teams play for the national championship.

• Michigan State tackle Fou Fonoti said he plans to take a medical redshirt and return next season. Fonoti went down with a season-ending foot injury two days before the Spartans' Sept. 15 game against Notre Dame.

• Senorise Perry, the top rusher for No. 20 Louisville and the Big East touchdowns leader with 11, will miss the rest of the season because of a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.

• Houston senior cornerback D.J. Hayden left a hospital Monday, six days after a hit in practice tore a major vein that feeds his heart and left him in critical condition.

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