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Defensive back Tracy Clark still on WSU football team

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With just three games to go in his senior season, Tracy Clark is no longer with the WSU football team.

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

EDIT Preston, 7:10 p.m.: Or maybe not. From Jacob Thorpe:

An earlier report said that Tracy Clark had left the Washington State football program as confirmed by Mike Leach. We have been informed by WSU that the earlier report was incorrect and that Leach misunderstood the question.

After assuming the starting spot opposite Daquawn Brown before the season began, redshirt senior Tracy Clark quickly found himself on the bench after giving up a 78-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the season. He has been absent from practice all week and today, Cougfan reported Clark left the team, confirmed after practice by Mike Leach via Jacob Thorpe. Cougfan's report indicates Clark left the squad due to a lack of playing time.

Clark fell out of favor with coaches about as quickly as one can, just 15 seconds into the regular season. Charleston White came in after Clark was benched and played capably until a concussion against Stanford kept him out of the last two games. With White likely ready to go again this week against the Oregon State Beavers and after watching the coaches burn more than a few redshirts rather than put him back on the field, it's no surprise Clark left the team.

The Pittsburg, California native appeared in just 20 games prior to this season, mostly on special teams. All the best to Tracy in the future.