Wilson says he has quit Washington State team

Wilson says he has quit Washington State team
November 10, 2012, 11:23 pm
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FILE - This Oct. 13, 2012 file photo shows Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson (86) standing on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against California, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. Wilson was injured in the second quarter. Washington State has suspended star receiver Wilson for an unspecified violation of team rules. Team spokesman Bill Stevens could not say Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 how long the suspension would last or specifics about why Wilson was punished by first-year coach Mike Leach.(AP Photo/Dean Hare)


PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Star receiver Marquess Wilson has quit the Washington State football team, and blamed the coaching staff for what he called abuse of players.

Wilson was suspended this week for an unspecified violation of team rules. He said in a press release Saturday that he has left the program because of the actions of first-year coach Mike Leach and his staff.

Wilson said the new staff has ``preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us.'' That included physical abuse, Wilson said.

Athletic director Bill Moos said in a statement that it was unfortunate Wilson quit.

``I believe I join many Cougars in wishing Marquess well in his future endeavors,'' Moos said. ``We have procedures in place that were developed to monitor student-athlete welfare in all of our sports programs. `We will continue to follow those procedures and modify them if needed.''

Wilson, a junior, set school single-season records last year with 82 receptions and 1,388 yards receiving. This season, he leads the team with 52 receptions for 813 yards.