Big Suprise! WSU Cougar in the News for Drugs and Alcohol!

Tom GlassmanContributor IMay 22, 2009

18 Oct 1998:  Quarterback Ryan Leaf #16 of the San Diego Chargers looks dejected during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Eagles 13-10.

Talk about being kicked when you’re down. 

Former Washington State football star and perennial failure at everything else Ryan Leaf was indicted yesterday for “one count of burglary to a habitation, seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance.”

At the time of the indictment, Leaf was undergoing drug therapy in British Columbia.  Unfortunately, the problem may have already gotten out of hand.

“The indictment said Leaf presented an incomplete medical history to several physicians between January 2008 and September 2008 to get or try to obtain the painkiller Hydrocodone.”

From the ESPN story:

“James Farren, Randall County criminal district attorney, said Leaf has been undergoing drug rehabilitation in British Columbia, the Amarillo Globe-News reported. Farren told the newspaper that efforts were under way to try to convince Leaf to return to the United Stateson his own.

“We have not found any evidence implicating anyone other than Mr. Leaf in this case ... but believe there's additional evidence implicating him in other events," Farren said. He would not elaborate.

Leaf, a Great Falls Montana native, led the Cougars to a Pac-10 football championship and Rose Bowl in 1998 before being drafted by the San Diego Charger with the second overall pick.

This comes in a long line of follies associated with the Washington State football program on and off of the field.   In the last two and half years there have been at least 30 arrests. 

In 2008, “one player faced felony charges after hitting a man on the head with a frying pan. Another tried to hurt a teammate by soaking his contact lenses in rubbing alcohol. A third was accused of punching a student, knocking him unconscious and fracturing his cheekbone.”

According to reports, there has been little to no slow down since Paul Wulff was hired with at least six players being arrested since he took the helm of Wazzu.

This comes only a few weeks after Washington State finished on the bottom of the Pac-10 in the NCAA’s APR (Academic Progress Rate), yet again coming in below the NCAA’s minimum of 925 (supposedly equivalent to a 60 percent grad rate) with a 918 score. 

WSU was one of only two BCS conference schools to come in below the bar along with Kansas. 

Once again, there’s trouble at every high school senior’s “back up school,” and for all of Coach Wulff’s talk about cleaning up the image, it looks like Washington State may always just be “Wazzu.”