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WSU study finds no abuse on football team

WSU study finds no abuse on football team

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) An internal investigation into a former player's allegations of abuse by Washington State football coaches didn't turn up any evidence of abuse, athletic director Bill Moos said Wednesday.

A dozen players were interviewed by two members of Moos' staff, and all reported they were having a positive experience at Washington State under head coach Mike Leach and his assistants, Moos said.

``The majority of the players stated that the player that walked out of practice let the team down and put them, their coach and WSU in a bad light,'' Moos wrote in a memo to WSU President Elson Floyd that was released Wednesday.

``There is no signs of abuse or mistreatment of players,'' Moos said in a conference call with reporters from Pullman. ``Hopefully, we can get this behind us and go forward.''

Star receiver Marquess Wilson quit the team during a practice late in the season and later contended that players were suffering physical and mental abuse at the hands of coaches.

Floyd asked for the internal review of those allegations, and also asked the Pacific-12 Conference to do its own review. The conference review is still being conducted.

Wilson contended in a letter sent to journalists on Nov. 10 that he quit the team prior to the UCLA game as a protest to ``physical, emotional and verbal abuse'' by the coaching staff. He complained that coaches would ``belittle, intimidate and humiliate us.'' He did not provide details.

Leach denied there was any abuse.

Moos revealed in his memo that he received a text message from Wilson after the UCLA game ``where he recanted the allegations of abuse made in a letter written by he and a relative and sent to the media earlier that evening.''

Wilson's text to Moos was included in emails released by the school Wednesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from a number of media organizations including the AP.

``Mr. Moos this is marquess ... With that letter I wasn't trying to accuse the coaches of hitting players or anything. I was just trying to put it in different terms and now everything is getting misinterpreted and I didn't mean it like that at all ... I simply was trying to get my story across and get my name cleared instead of having it say I'm suspended for breaking team violations ... That could mean like I did drugs or something ... I was never trying to harm the university or the program with it.''

In his memo, Moos said the players interviewed by his staff reported they felt supported academically and socially on the football team.

``The players did say the offseason conditioning sessions are intense and challenging, but appropriate for what they are designed to achieve,'' Moos wrote. ``The players said they believe in the coaches and that they will take the program to a higher level.''

Moos said his staff asked players to discuss academic services, nutrition, athletic training, strength and conditioning and equipment operations.

Moos said his staff found ``the head coach is firm, fair and most of all, consistent.''

Moos said some concerns were raised regarding conditioning drills in a box of sand next to the practice field.

``Water was used on occasion to harden the sand in the box and at times players were sprayed,'' Moos wrote. ``This practice was discontinued upon my directive around mid-season as I felt it was not necessary to produce the desired results.''

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. Leach has sued Texas Tech, contending he was fired so the school could avoid a large payment due him at the end of the year.

Did Anthony Cowan deserve the technical foul that ended his night vs. Ohio State?

Did Anthony Cowan deserve the technical foul that ended his night vs. Ohio State?

Anthony Cowan was handed a technical foul late in the second half of Maryland's matchup with Ohio State that resulted in his disqualification.

Cowan, with four personal fouls at the time, was hammered on a layup attempt with 3:54 left in the contest against the Buckeyes. He had cut the Buckeyes' lead to 64-59 and thought he was headed to the free-throw line for an and-1. He was not. 

After no whistle was blown, Cowan reacted, kicking his foot in the air in disbelief. He was then given the technical. which was his fifth and final foul. Maryland didn't have its star point guard for the final 3:54 of a tight game. 

Cowan had picked up his third foul with 7:08 left in the game and then No. 4 exactly two minutes later. 

Twitter lit into the officiating that played a major factor in a very important conference game between the two squads.

Maryland ended up losing the matchup to the Buckeyes 79-72, but it didn't lose ground in the conference standings.

Penn State lost Sunday afternoon, too, so Maryland (22-5, 12-4 conference) didn't lose any ground in its quest to win the Big 10 regular-season championship for the first time. With four games to go, the Terps still hold a two-game lead over the Nittany Lions, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin in the conference standings. Those teams are all tied at 10-6. 

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Maryland doesn't lose any ground in Big 10 standings after loss to Ohio State

Maryland doesn't lose any ground in Big 10 standings after loss to Ohio State

Maryland suffered a frustrating loss to Ohio State on the road Sunday in a game that featured their best player fouling out thanks to a more than questionable technical foul. 

The bad news for the Terps? They missed a chance to gain ground on Baylor, Gonzaga and San Diego State, who all lost on Saturday, for a top seed in the NCAA tournament. 

The good news is that Penn State lost, too, so Maryland didn't lose any ground in its quest to win the Big 10 regular-season championship for the first time. With four games to go, it still holds a two-game lead over Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin in the conference standings. 

For the Terps to lose this regular-season title, it would have to be a monumental collapse over the next few weeks.

But the schedule still features some tough games so it isn't over quite yet. Maryland must shake off this most recent loss in Columbus and refocus on a 13-13 Minnesota team. The Terp's final three opponents after that are Michigan State at home, Rutgers on the road and Michigan in College Park. 

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