Posted on November 15, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Friday, Nov 16 at 12:30 AM
PULLMAN - If Mike Leach was concerned about the dual investigations of his program, he wasn’t showing it Thursday Night.
For the first time, Leach met the public following allegations of mistreatment by a former player. Wide Receiver Marquess Wilson abruptly quit the team last week, claiming in an open letter that he had been physically and verbally abused.
It prompted WSU President Elson Floyd to call for an investigation, and yet another by the Pac-12 Conference.
“Well, it is being revealed pretty much for what it is,” said Leach Thursday, “Which is a bunch of pointless, selfish drama.”
That investigation is not yet complete, but WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos had previously hinted he wanted to wrap it up by the end of the week. No WSU Student-Athlete has gone public to verify Wilson’s claim. Leach says that doesn’t mean anything to him, “I don’t worry about any of that. I worry about coaching football.”
“They are all like my kids,” said Wide Receivers Coach Dennis Simmons, who showed signs Thursday he was embarrassed by the attention. “It’s like I’ve been starring a reality television show, which is something I feel bad about because this is not what Doctor Floyd, Bill Moos, or Mike Leach brought me here for.”
He claimed it was not a distraction, “especially when you know it’s so untrue.” He added that the “staying focused part is pretty simple, because I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Wilson has not given a public statement since he released the letter on Saturday, hours before the team kicked off against UCLA.
The investigation certainly is a hot topic over cold ones at the Cougar Cottage. The 80-year-old bar, known by locals as “The Coug”, was filled with people who have been following the story’s every detail.
“I do commend the school for looking into (the allegations)”, said WSU Senior Tommy Leggett, of Tacoma, who worries about the impact of the outcome. “You never want to have negative things happen to your school or be thought of in a negative light.”
Moos declined comment on the investigation’s status today. He’s expected to make a final pitch for a new $61 million dollar Football Operations Complex at the WSU Board of Regents meeting tomorrow.