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Cougars suspend top receiver after reported walkout

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington State star receiver Marquess Wilson was suspended Monday for an unspecified violation of team rules and will miss Saturday's game against No. 17 UCLA.

Cougars coach Mike Leach declined to say why Wilson was suspended, although he said the punishment would last at least a week.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported Monday that Wilson stormed out of a team practice early Sunday evening.

Washington State was blown out 49-6 at Utah on Saturday for its sixth straight loss. Afterward, Leach complained that the effort of his players was "bordering on cowardice."

"That could have been a zombie convention," he said of his team's play immediately after the game.

Wilson, a junior, has been the target of Leach's criticism for much of the season and had recently been demoted from his starting position despite leading the team in receiving. Wilson has 52 catches for 813 yards and five touchdowns.

Last season, he caught 82 passes for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Leach said Wilson's return was up in the air.

"It would depend on circumstances and we'd have a discussion," Leach said.

NO UPDATE ON KLEIN: Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said he is hopeful injured quarterback Collin Klein will be available for Saturday's game at TCU but offered no details.

The Heisman Trophy candidate was hurt Saturday. Snyder did not discuss the nature or severity of the injury, but all indications pointed toward a possible concussion.

When asked about Klein, Snyder replied: "Seems fine to me." Asked whether he would play against the Horned Frogs, Snyder said: "Hope so."

ARKANSAS: Coach John L. Smith said senior linebacker Terrell Williams, who was arrested and charged with DUI hours after a win against Tulsa over the weekend, is suspended for this week's game at South Carolina. Smith said he is so upset with Williams he doesn't "even want to talk to him."

BOISE ST.: Coach Chris Petersen confirmed that senior nose tackle Mike Atkinson will miss the rest of the season after tearing an ACL Saturday. Atkinson's 37 tackles are fourth on the team, and he has two forced fumbles and one interception return for a touchdown.

CAMPBELL: Coach Dale Steele was fired amid a seven-game losing streak. The school said the firing will be effective at the end of the season, and Steele will coach the Camels' final two games.

KENTUCKY: Fired coach Joker Phillips will be on the sidelines for the final two regular-season games. Phillips was let go Sunday effective at the end of the season.

MARYLAND: Middle linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield is out for the season with a torn ACL. The Terrapins have already lost four quarterbacks and starting wide receiver Marcus Leak for the year.

NEBRASKA: Coach Bo Pelini said Rex Burkhead's status for this week's game against Penn State is unclear. The All-Big Ten running back has missed all or part of seven games because of an injury to his left knee.

TENNESSEE: Coach Derek Dooley said he plans to take a more active role in the defense as the Volunteers attempt to upgrade a unit that has allowed the most points and yards per game of any SEC team.

SOCCER: The Florida State women earned one of four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament and will open Friday in Tallahassee against Mississippi Valley State. USF did not earn an at-large bid.

Cougars suspend top receiver after reported walkout 11/05/12 [Last modified: Monday, November 5, 2012 10:01pm]
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