Cougs' Caldwell leaves program, sources say

PULLMAN — Junior WSU safety and former running back Teondray Caldwell is no longer with the Washington State Cougars football team, three independent sources close to the situation tell

Things came to a head with Caldwell on Tuesday, sources who asked not to be identified told CF.C. One source said that Caldwell had quit, but did not know a reason for the decision. Another source told CF.C that Caldwell was instead dismissed by Mike Leach.

A third source also close to the situation said the strength coaches on Tuesday morning had been looking for Caldwell to show up for a scheduled workout but he never did, with the strength coaches later informed by someone close to Caldwell that he was leaving the program.

There doesn’t appear to be any one event that resulted in the departure, with one of the sources telling CF.C that Caldwell has appeared unhappy and displaying a negative attitude for some time.

WSU generally does not officially note departures such as Caldwell's.

"We don't comment on team matters," Washington State SID Bill Stevens told CF.C.

Caldwell began 2014 fall camp as a running back, and then switched to safety in the middle of August. He actually got the starting assignment at strong safety in the opener against Rutgers. He then was moved to No. 2 on the depth chart at strong safety in favor of Darius Lemora for the Nevada game. Lemora has maintained the starting spot and now has Sulaiman Hameed below him on the depth chart that was released this week heading into the game against Portland State on Saturday. Caldwell's name does not appear on this week's chart.

Caldwell had been working with the scout team of late. He had recorded four total tackles, three of which were solo, in the game against Rutgers. As a running back, Caldwell had 50 carries for 271 net yards and a touchdown in 2013. He also had 26 receptions for 130 yards during that season.

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