WSU football http://kplu.org en Pac-12 review clears WSU football program of abuse allegations http://kplu.org/post/pac-12-review-clears-washington-state-football-program-abuse-allegations <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/010813TB_WSUfootball_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>An investigation by the Pac-12 athletic conference released Tuesday finds no evidence that Washington State University football coaches physically or mentally abused players. WSU's president requested the outside probe. He did so after an athlete who quit and the parent of another former player alleged the coaching staff was "out of control."<p>Washington State athletic director Bill Moos says he's pleased with the two-month long Pac-12 investigation. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:56:50 +0000 Tom Banse 7519 at http://kplu.org Pac-12 review clears WSU football program of abuse allegations WSU controversy highlights lack of players' rights http://kplu.org/post/wsu-controversy-highlights-lack-players-rights <p>Washington State University's athletic department and the Pac-12 are each investigating claims of abuse by first-year head football coach Mike Leach. The often controversial coach denies the claims being leveled by former star receiver Marquess Wilson, who quit the team.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says, no matter who's right in this case, it sheds light on the long-overlooked issue of players' rights - or lack of them - in college sports. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 7134 at http://kplu.org WSU controversy highlights lack of players' rights Sports ethics expert praises ex-WSU player for speaking out http://kplu.org/post/sports-ethics-expert-praises-ex-wsu-player-speaking-out A Pac-12 spokesman said the athletic conference does not have a timeline for completing a review of the WSU football program. Over the weekend, university president Elson Floyd asked for outside help to investigate claims by a player of abusive behavior by the coaching staff. Meanwhile, a sports ethics expert is praising the player for speaking out. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.<p>Over the weekend, star receiver Marquess Wilson announced he would resign from the WSU football team. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 23:27:52 +0000 Tom Banse 7092 at http://kplu.org Sports ethics expert praises ex-WSU player for speaking out Rough season for UW, WSU quarterbacks http://kplu.org/post/rough-season-uw-wsu-quarterbacks <p>There's not a lot to cheer about this season if you're a college football fan in Washington.</p><p>Both the University of Washington and Washington State have been struggling. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says nowhere is that more evident than at the position of quarterback. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 6760 at http://kplu.org Rough season for UW, WSU quarterbacks WSU alumnus donates $3 million to stadium project http://kplu.org/post/wsu-alumnus-donates-3-million-stadium-project Three million dollars has been donated to the football stadium project at Washington State University. It is the largest single gift in the history of Cougar athletics.<p>WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos called the donation significant because, he says, it means the university can be competitive with the best collegiate athletic programs in the nation.<p>The football stadium project was approved by the university's Board of Regents on November 18th. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 19:29:16 +0000 Glenn Mosley 3566 at http://kplu.org WSU alumnus donates $3 million to stadium project New WSU coach Mike Leach brilliant but controversial http://kplu.org/post/new-wsu-coach-mike-leach-brilliant-controversial <p>He coached Texas Tech to 10 bowl games in 10 years. That&#39;s the winning record that Mike Leach brings to Washington State University as the new head football coach.</p><p>But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says he also comes with controversy. Fri, 02 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 3317 at http://kplu.org New WSU coach Mike Leach brilliant but controversial Preview: The new man in charge of WSU football http://kplu.org/post/preview-new-man-charge-wsu-football <p>Just a day after firing Paul Wulff, who had the job for four years, Washington State University has hired Mike Leach to be its new head football coach.</p><p>Leach is the former coach of Texas Tech University. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says he&#39;s an offensive wizard who&#39;s had his share of controversy. Thu, 01 Dec 2011 17:00:31 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 3312 at http://kplu.org Preview: The new man in charge of WSU football WSU off to strong start despite quarterback controversy http://kplu.org/post/wsu-strong-start-despite-quarterback-controversy <p>Washington State University is enjoying the best start to its football season since 2006. The Cougars are 3-1 heading into Saturday&#39;s game at UCLA. And they&#39;re doing it with their backup quarterback. Fri, 07 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 2826 at http://kplu.org WSU off to strong start despite quarterback controversy