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There is nothing more interesting about Marquess Wilson than the details surrounding his early departure from Washington State.
While Wilson has not, to public knowledge, failed a drug test or faced an arrest charge, the bizarre circumstances of his exit from the Cougars do raise questions.
On November 4, the decision was made that Wilson would no longer play football at Washington State, specifically under Mike Leach.
Wilson started the year off slowly, with only eight receptions in his first two games against soft opponents, and was accused of laziness that "border[ed] on cowardice" by his head coach. He was demoted to a nonstarting position before being suspended for violating unspecified team rules after an embarrassing 49-6 loss to Utah that capped a six-game losing streak.
The talented but potentially young wideout was under implied criticism that he could not receive honest feedback and even walked out of a practice.
After the suspension, Wilson decided to no longer play football at Washington State and released a letter six days later, alleging Leach and his staff of abuse.
While he later recanted the accusation (and both the Pac-12 and Washington State University cleared him of wrongdoing), there are lingering clouds of distrust in the air. Particularly because he claims that he didn't really recant the accusation, instead clarifying that the abuse didn't involve striking any of the players.
Leach is reportedly not well-liked among NFL circles, perhaps in some part due to calling the generic group a set of "lazy idiots". More worrisome, however, is Leach's history with allegations of abuse.
His previous tenure at Texas Tech was cut short after accusations of abuse from a concussed player (who also happens to be the son of former ESPN analyst Craig James) forced Texas Tech to act and release him. Specifically, Texas Tech released him because he refused to provide an apology, as required by the university—not specifically because they found proof of wrongdoing, but because he engaged in a defiant act of insubordination by not apologizing.
That's not to say they didn't find evidence of mistreatment, however.
Given recent scandals at big-name programs involving an institutional culture of flexibility and immunity, it should be difficult to merely dismiss the clearance provided by the Pac-12 and Washington State University, but it could be just as likely that Wilson used Leach's past against him. The incident is a murky one for Wilson and could indeed be the fulcrum for some GMs. Any team that grabs Wilson will surely be briefed on the details and confident that they may be able to resolve any work ethic issues.