Hello Followers. Hope you're having a great week.
In case you missed it, Mike Leach conducted his final official press conference for hte 2012 season. And with that, the ribbon is officially tied on 2012 Cougar football.
For a few, post press conference thoughts and a bit more, read on.
First and foremost, in yesterday's press conference, Leach noted that Marquess Wilson essentially recanted his entire "abuse" story in front of WSU and Pac-12 investigators. And truly, this is no surpise. When you heard about the details of the press release--namely, that it was written and released by Mr. Wilson's stepfather--it became pretty apparent that, if there was no abuse, this was case of a parent getting far too involved in their kid's business.
So, what now? Well, it sure seems that Leach has closed the door on Marquess. And while understandable, I really hope he changes his mind. Personally, if I'm Marquess, the BEST way to put this behind you so you can move toward an NFL career is put the proverbial tail between your legs and beg for forgiveness.
And that forgiveness should take the following form: Promise to be a leader on the practice field for the next 18 months--as a REDSHIRT. That is, in order to ensure Leach that his antics will not interfere with the team's development on the field, Wilson should sit next year out. By doing so, he can help his team develop internally at the same time that he gives himself the opportunity to get stronger physically and mentally. Then, in 2013, he'll be able to play his senior year for a team that should be well positioned for a national ranking, and Wilson would have a great opportunity to receive post-season honors.
In my view, such a structure would allow Marquess to gain much needed maturity and discipline at the same time that he prepares his mates week in and week by being the best scout team player in maybe the history of ever.
Earlier in the week, Ted Miller announced the home-road opponents for WSU next season. In case you missed it, here is the schedule breakdown:
Home: Idaho, Southern Utah Valley Northwestern State (East Branch Campus), Utah, Arizona State, Stanford, and Oregon State (Seattle).
Away: Auburn, Oregon, USC, Arizona, CAL, Washington
Don't know about you all, but the thought of playing 7 dates away from Martin Stadium, including 6 conference games, is no stinking picnic. And so, in order for this program to break its 10 year bowl drought, it will probably need to win all three non-conference games.
So, go ahead and circle that first game at Auburn--who will have a new coach and scheme--as the major swing game of the 2013 season.
On a final note, you all have probably noticed that its gotten real slow around the WSU football blog as of late. And while last Friday's stunning victory provides much needeed optimism for our fan and blog base, the fact of the matter is that its been hard for all of us to find the time and energy to move forward.
So, while yours truly promises to be back tomorrow with a few words, you should also know that a decision is forthcoming regarding the blog and its future directions. In other words, look for an announcement on Monday.
That's all I've got for today.
All for now. Go Cougs.
Also, if closing the blog is actually an option on the table, that would be a real tragedy...ya'll should just keep it running on whatever schedule works for you. And if you ever need more writers, put out another casting call... I for one would be interested.
Definitely an interesting thought regarding MQW...though the infinitely more likely scenario is that he does exactly what you described, RS a year then play, just at a different school. And frankly, why would anyone on the team next year want this guy back? He doesn't want to be at WSU under CML, and it seems most of the players that DID like him are graduating/already gone. I'd be shocked if the 17 freshmen that started, or many of the sophomores, want a guy like that back when we have an equally talented outside receiver in Gabe Marks. . . . .Personally, I hope I never hear of or see MQW ever again, in college or the NFL (and considering the way he has conducted himself in the past year, this seems pretty likely). I'm nothing short of ecstatic that his outrageous and slanderous PR stunt has completely blown up in his face, and we showed against the Huskies that he is replaceable. If he's too prideful to be a man and issue an apology, then he just needs to fade into obscurity.
Here's one more vote for you guys sticking around. I love this site, and will still check it out even if it ends up being only one post a week.
I didn't visit the site for weeks this season. I was at the Colorado debacle, and realized that I needed to step away from the Cougs for a while; I'd had enough of the underachieving of the past few years!!
That, coupled with a move to a new state, a new job, and not having computer access for about 6 weeks as a result of said move, meant no WSUFB.
Glad you guys were still plugging away when I looked you back up! Thanks for your efforts during yet another trying season.
Is this going to be another "Announcement" ala Lebron and then an "Unretirement" ala Farve?
I agree with Ambush - hope you guys do a "slow down" in lieu of a quit. I think all of your readers understand this is a fan blog and not a news site and as such - no one requires everyday posting, especially when there is no good news or inspiration. The posts are better when you guys are inspired to write instead of when it's a chore. I think why people read here in addition to Cougfan/Spokesman/Cougcenter is because it's a fan blog with funny and outrageous opinions.
What with RSS feeds, Facebook and Twitter you guys can post when you want to and we all get notified that it's time to come back to read. Even if it's once a week during basketball season, once in awhile while recruit news rolls in or even if it's not until preparations start for the Spring game.
Right fellow readers?
@Amieable Nah, no more Favre/LeBron shenanigans. We just have to decide what we are going to do going forward and pretty much every option is on the table. By the way, a commitment for an "Ask Amieable!" Weekly column sure wouldn't hurt the chances of continuing! :)
For what it's worth, I too read you guys regularly. Let us know what we can do to help. I can form a nonprofit for you, allowing for charitable contributions to help pay staff for their time and energy. We want you guys around.
Or you can just bring me on and allow me to spew wild speculation and innuendos. Your brethren at Cougcenter has already accused me of such, including stating my opinion that Sua who has been dumped to the bottom of the depth chart will be gone. Give me the title of author and you will be granted full access to logic that is unknown to most of man-kind, except Longball.
I enjoy this site a lot. I hope if you decide to "slow down", it's just that. Take the off season off then post when there's something to blog about and come back during the season. It wouldn't be fair to ask you to blog about other sports except in passing uring football season. Others might consider that though. This has been a truly rough season for all of us and I would imagine most especially the blog fathers. This too shall pass as they say and brighter days are ahead. That's why I bought the extra two seats 2 years ago. I look forward to your announcement Monday. Continue or not, thanks for what you all have done promoting Cougar football.
I don't see a shot in hell that Leach lets him back. I like the way your laid it out though, make him earn that final season of eligibility.
I think you have the conference schedule wrong. No way we have 10 conference games in 2013. That would mean we only miss one team, which isn't the way the P12 scheduling works.
Oh, I see what happened there. I read your typos of 6 conference road games and then counted Auburn as one of our conference games. It's 5 conference road games, three in Pullman, and one in Seattle.
"You'll have to excuse my friend he's a little slow. The town is back that way." -Harry, Dumb & Dumber
I wonder if MW's teammates would welcome him back at this point? Also, I don't think MW likes Leach at all, so crawling back to him on his knees is not a possibility.
@Sutra Not sure I agree here. He appeared to be a bit of a disruption. I think LB has it right. Wilson obviously doesn't like CML, and I'm sure the feeling is probably mutual. "The lepoard can't change his spots," so to speak. Wilson threw a temper tantrum more than once. What's to say something won't precipitate another one with the same kind of disruption. Personally I think it would be better if everyone moved on from here. BTW it would be interesting to know what Wilson's step-father was trying to do with this whole thing.
Is this you??? If they stop the blog you won't be able to keep me up to date on Coug news while I work and you surf!
Been reading the blog religiously all year, somehow just found it over the summer. Really enjoy your guy's take on stuff, its a nice change of pace from cougfan or cougcenter. Actually you're the only site I read the full stories, I tend to stick to the forums or comments on the others. Hope it keeps going, I'm a big fan!
I would love to see MW for another season, but I don't think there is any way Leach would take him back at this point. If it wasn't for the letter, there may have been a chance, but not now. I'm not sure he will get much of a look from the NFL at this point, but I am going to see if San Fran picks him up as a free agent with Wulff being there. That may be his best bet rather than transfering and sitting out a year. That letter really did way more harm for him than just quitting and moving on to either another school or just preparing for the next level.
On another note, hope you guys keep it going. I definitely know how hard the past season has been on me as a fan. I can't imagine trying to write about it all the time. But I really do enjoy reading what you all have to say and reading the comments to see that there are other fans who feel the same as me or have a different take on things. Plus, this blog has actually allowed me to meet several of you in person, which would not have happened otherwise. So if you do decide to call it quits, I just want to say thank you, and hope to see you all at the spring game again.
@Selahcoug I can see a young guy who took himself too seriously and allowed things to get way out of hand. The accusations could have damaged/ended a man's career and the staff livelihood. I have goofed up in my life but I found that admitting when I was wrong is always best approach. If CML is owed an apology, then I hope MW does what is right, with no expectations of staying at WSU and then moves on and learns from his mistake..
I hope the Blog stays alive guys!
As much as it would be a great thing for MQW to come back, redshirt or not, and how it would be a great opportunity to make up for a mistake? I think that bridge was absolutely torched by the player on his way out of town. I can't imagine a scenario Leach would accept him back in, with Leach's steadfast belief of addition by subtraction can be the best thing for all involved. The wording on that release was so strong, it is difficult to imagine they would forgive him for it no matter what. We're talking career-damaging accusations thrown to the media with a coach who was already accused of such things at his old job, and now he retracted most of it when asked to clarify his statements?? That's really a bad move and probably best he isn't around. It's too bad it came to this, and that Leach trying to motivate him to another level just didn't work with the tough love, but MQW leaving is bad for MQW and that's about it.
And to add to it, I highly doubt Marquess would want to come back under any scenario! NFL chances or not, he'd probably rather transfer to EWU or Montana St before he plays for Leach in any capacity.
@SeanHawkins I'm not sure about Marquess, but obviously you could be right. Seems like things got out of hand emotionally aided by a family member who could have gotten in his head big time (about not deserving whatever discipline/heat Leach was providing).
Could also be that programs all across the land are lining up to help Marquess transfer, transfer credits and so forth...
We'll be fine without him...I just would like to imagine what 2014 would look like with him, if he was right mentally and stronger physically..
@Sutra @SeanHawkins It wouldn't surprise me is a lower division school is looking at MQW. It wouldn't surprise me if he declared for the draft. Either way, I don't see that him coming back to Pullman. Sean, I think you may have the right on it. Wulff may want to take a chance on him, and very likely only as a free agent. He may have learned something from this and matured. I hope so. He's probably the most talented player @ WSU in years, perhaps all time.
Hope you guys don't can the blog. Enjoy the discussion here. BTW, there's no way in hell that Leach lets MW back on the team at this point.
@Jenkins Of course he won't. But I'm also not sure what gets lost with the redshirt idea....for either side...He either proves it or loses it, and he'd have to redshirt somewhere else anyway. Why not stay put, stay in a good system, and show that you'll own it and eat it?
@Sutra @Jenkins From Leach's standpoint though: he's already got some good talent at WR that will be at it's best in two years so the only good thing that can happen is he gets another good receiver. The bad side of it is that if MW implodes again and is another distraction.....I doubt Leach will take the chance on this one as much as I want MW to do well in his future.