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WSU clears Mike Leach of abuse allegations

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Washington State AD Bill Moos presents findings of investigation, clears Mike Leach.

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

When wide receiver Marquess Wilson suddenly left the Washington State football program last month, he did so very publicly, issuing a letter to media members announcing his departure and accusing head football coach Mike Leach of abuse.

Following Wilson's claims, WSU athletic director Bill Moos launched an investigation by the school to look into Wilson's allegations.

On Wednesday, Moos released the findings of the report. It not only cleared Leach, but noted that Wilson had recanted the accusations he made against the coach.

Here are some excerpts from the report highlighted by CougCenter:

"...all 12 players felt that they are having a positive experience at Washington State and feel supported academically and socially, as well as from a football perspective."

"The players stated that they had been challenged as students and athletes, and believe they have grown as a result."

"The players said they believe in the coaches and that they will take the program to a higher level."

"The majority of the players stated that the player that walked out of practice let the team down and put them, their coach and WSU in a negative light. What is not widely known but is of great importance is I received a text message from the departing player following the UCLA football game where he recanted the allegations of abuse made in a letter written by he and a relative and sent to the media earlier that evening."

The Pac-12 is also investigating Wilson's claims, but has yet to release its findings.