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Hot Cougar Action: Reaction to the Pac-12 investigation

Thirty five pieces of paper had the Internet buzzing on Tuesday and we've rounded up the reaction.


Pac-12 investigation

As you'd expect there was plenty of reaction to the release of the Pac-12 investigation. One thing to note, in Bud Withers piece he mentions Marquess Wilson is currently training in Florida preparing for the NFL Draft. So that settles that.


Investigation clears Leach - - Jan. 9, 2013
PULLMAN – In a 34-page review more thorough than the internal investigation concluded by Washington State last month, the Pac-12 announced Tuesday that it did not find evidence to suggest WSU football coach Mike Leach or his assistants abused players.

Pac-12 review of WSU football program finds no abuse - SportsLink - - Jan. 8, 2013
FROM PULLMAN — Here's a short story we just filed for web on the findings of the Pac-12's review of the Washington State football program. You can read the full report here.

Leach, WSU cleared of abuse charges - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Fully exonerated on charges of mental and physical abuse, Washington State and coach Mike Leach -- and Cougars fans -- can now fully focus on getting better in 2013.

WSU, Pac-12 investigations make it clear — Cougars coach Mike Leach didn't deserve this | Bud Withers | The Seattle Times

Marquess Wilson is in Florida, training for the NFL draft in April. "He's done with Washington State," said his stepfather, Richard Miranda. "It's something that's in his past now."

Pac-12 clears Washington State of abuse allegations " Kitsap Sun

Results of a Pac-12 Conference review of the Washington State football program, released Tuesday, cleared coaches of any instances of abuse.

Pac-12 investigation clears Washington State football program of abuse charges | Cougars | The Seattle Times

The Pac-12 Conference announced Tuesday morning that it found no substantiation of abuse charges in the Washington State football program, as alleged by former wide receiver Marquess Wilson in a letter sent to media Nov. 10.

Pac-12 study finds no abuse in Washington State Cougars football - ESPN

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Pac-12 investigation found no evidence of physical or mental abuse of players in the Washington State football program under coach Mike Leach, the league said Tuesday


There was some non-investigation football news on Tuesday, including some power rankings. WSU finished at No. 11 in the 2012 final rankings, but is already up to No. 9 on the initial 2013 rankings. Moving up!


Final Pac-12 2012 power rankings - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
11. Washington State: New coach Mike Leach's season was bad on the field and off, but it ended on a notable uptick with an Apple Cup win over Washington that included a comeback from an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit. Still, 3-9 took a bite out of the enthusiasm Leach's hiring initially generated.

First 2013 season power rankings - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

9. Washington State: By our count, the Cougars will have the most returning starters in the conference at 20. This team could shake off the youth and growing pains of 2012 and take a big step forward. It also helps that quarterback Connor Halliday will have an entire spring to win over coach Mike Leach and develop chemistry with a young but promising crew of receivers.

Men's basketball

With the first week of Pac-12 play in the books, the initial rankings are coming out. WSU checked in at No. 9 in at least one set of rankings.


Pac-12 Basketball Power Rankings Week 1: Wildcats Reign Supreme - House of Sparky
9. Washington State Cougars (9-5, 0-1) - The Cougars have four games this season by five points or less. Senior forward Brock Motum is third in the Pac-12 with 19.4 points per game and has scored in double figures in every game this season.

Cougars basketball ready to pile up frequent-flyer miles - - Jan. 9, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. – Turns out all that Pac-12 television money is good for class attendance. But maybe not as good for player sleep schedules.

Tuesday with Ken Bone - SportsLink - - Jan. 8, 2013
FROM PULLMAN — It's been a little busier around here today than originally anticipated, but we do finally have a summary of Ken Bone's press conference for you. Read on.

WSU Men's Basketball: Ken Bone Press Conference Jan. 8 (via WSUCougarAthletics)