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College Sports
3:56 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Pac-12 review clears WSU football program of abuse allegations


Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 3:38 pm

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."

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

WSU controversy highlights lack of players' rights

This Oct. 13, 2012 file photo shows WSU wide receiver Marquess Wilson (86) standing on the sidelines.
Dean Hare AP Photo

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.

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.

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Washington State University
3:27 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Sports ethics expert praises ex-WSU player for speaking out

A view of Washington State University's Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri via Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 3:02 pm

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.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Rough season for UW, WSU quarterbacks

UW quarterback Keith Price reaches for the ball as he fumbles it against Southern California on Oct. 13. USC recovered at its own 4-yard line and won the game 24-14.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

There's not a lot to cheer about this season if you're a college football fan in Washington.

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.

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11:29 am
Wed December 28, 2011

WSU alumnus donates $3 million to stadium project

A 2008 view of Martin Stadium on the Washington State University campus in Pullman, Washington. Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri

Originally published on Tue December 27, 2011 4:43 pm

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.

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.

The football stadium project was approved by the university's Board of Regents on November 18th. The total cost of the stadium project is $80 million.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

New WSU coach Mike Leach brilliant but controversial

Mike Leach celebrates after Texas Tech beat Minnesota 44-41 in overtime in the Insight Bowl in 2006. Leach took the Red Raiders to a bowl game in each of his 10 years there. WSU officials hope he'll bring his winning ways to Pullman.
Ross D. Franklin AP Photo

He coached Texas Tech to 10 bowl games in 10 years. That's the winning record that Mike Leach brings to Washington State University as the new head football coach.

But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says he also comes with controversy.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Preview: The new man in charge of WSU football

New WSU football leader Mike Leach will bring his special brand of coaching to Pullman. He formerly coached at Texas Tech. He's pictured here in a game against Texas in 2007.
Eric Gay AP Photo

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.

Leach is the former coach of Texas Tech University. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says he's an offensive wizard who's had his share of controversy.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

WSU off to strong start despite quarterback controversy

WSU's Jeff Tuel (10) congratulates Marshall Lobbestael (9) after a touchdown against Idaho State last month. Tuel broke his collar bone in the game. Lobbestael has played well, leading to a potential controversy now that Tuel has recovered.
Dean Hare AP Photo

Washington State University is enjoying the best start to its football season since 2006. The Cougars are 3-1 heading into Saturday's game at UCLA. And they're doing it with their backup quarterback.

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