Earlier this week, the Whitman County prosecutor filed 2nd degree robbery and 4th degree assault charges against sophomore linebacker Logan Tago for his role in a June incident. Second degree robbery is a Class B felony in the state of Washington.
Washington State president Kirk Schulz, while speaking to KHQ-TV in Spokane Tuesday, confirmed that Tago would be suspended following the robbery charge. Athletic department policy states that no student-athlete charged with a felony shall be allowed to represent the university in outside competition.
Today, in response to Tago’s reported suspension, Washington State athletics director Bill Moos released a statement, noting that Tago will still be allowed to practice while on suspension.
“There has been a great deal of speculation surrounding the status of WSU student-athlete Logan Tago,” Moos said. “As I mentioned a few weeks ago when this situation arose, we would wait for the legal process to play out before rushing to judgement.
“With a felony charge now having been filed, our department code of conduct policy dictates that, absent extraordinary circumstances, student-athletes are not permitted to represent WSU athletics in outside competition until such time as the case is resolved. I firmly believe in the notion that a person is innocent until proven guilty, so while the legal matter is ongoing, Logan will be allowed to practice with the team, though that will be determined by the head coach.
“I do believe Logan to be a fine young man. Unfortunately, it appears during the incident in question he did not represent the high standards we expect from our student-athletes at WSU. As previously stated, we will now see the legal process through before making any further determination.”
Tago’s court date was originally slated for Oct. 28, though that has since been moved back to Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. As of now, Tago will miss at least three games against UCLA, Arizona State and Oregon State prior to his court appearance. The Cougars host Arizona on Nov. 5.
Tago has started the previous two games for the Cougars at RUSH linebacker. Dylan Hanser, who started the first three games of the season, will start in place of Tago.