As expected, Robert Barber has filed a petition for a stay in his suspension from Washington State University. Stefanie Loh with The Seattle Times reports that Barber could be back in the classroom as soon as Nov. 14 which means he could be on the field for the game against the Colorado Buffaloes. Whether he would play or not would be up to Mike Leach but he has previously said that if Barber is eligible, he will suit up.
Barber’s attorney Stephen Graham filed the petition in Whitman County Superior today, telling Loh he wants Barber to get back on track to finishing his criminal justice degree for which he needs to complete just one more class.
Graham filed the appeal, in part, because he alleges the board did not keep the questions Barber gave them to ask witnesses, a violation of the state procedures act. He also told Loh that he thought the Conduct Board held a hearing on Barber’s status too soon considering the work Pullman police had to still go through just to recommend charges:
At a bare minimum, WSU will be without Barber this weekend and the next home game against Cal on Nov. 12. But we could find out in the next few days whether he’ll be back on the field for the final three games of the season.
Keep in mind as well State Senator Michael Baumgartner will be making a public comment at the monthly Board of Regents meeting Friday and he has apparently been getting more reports of issues with the Student Conduct Board. We’ll see how that all unfolds on Friday though I doubt the Regents will be taking any action on Barber’s status then.