Sources: Daquawn Brown dismissed by Leach

PULLMAN -- Washington State's football team, already young in the secondary heading into 2015, just got younger. Three independent sources with knowledge of the situation tell that junior-to-be cornerback Daquawn Brown was dismissed from the football program by head coach Mike Leach earlier this month.

The sources said Brown was removed from the football program around the time of finals week following an unspecified violation of team rules.

"We do not comment on team matters," WSU SID Bill Stevens said in response to's inquiry. Attempts to reach both Brown and Leach for comment were unsuccessful.

Interestingly, Brown has posted multiple pictures of himself in Cougar gear on his Instagram page since finals week, with the most recent less than 24 hours ago. But all three sources were adamant to CF.C that Brown is no longer with the football program.

Brown, on a beleaguered WSU secondary this past season, was the most consistent corner. He led Washington State in tackles (82) and started 11 of 12 games. Brown also had 11 pass break-ups (tied for sixth-most in the conference) though he did not log an interception after nabbing two in 2013. He was named honorable mention All-Pac-12.

The lone game Brown didn't start this past season was a result of a targeting penalty in the second half against Oregon State, resulting in an ejection and forcing him to sit out the first half at ASU. Earlier in the season, in a home loss against Arizona, Brown committed pass interference and personal foul penalties back-to-back. He was yanked from the game and was reported by the radio broadcast team to be very upset on the sideline.

Brown figured to be an anchor for a defensive secondary in 2015 that was to include only one other upperclassman, senior-to-be safety Taylor Taliulu.

Last spring, Brown was arrested on felony and misdemeanor assault charges. In May, Brown pleaded guilty according to Pullman radio station KQQQ to misdemeanor assault in exchange for being placed on probation for six months, paying $700 in Court fines and fees and receiving a suspended sentence of six months in jail.

Brown's name still appears on the WSU roster on the official site but if past history is any indication, that's likely due to the official paperwork not having yet gone through.

As a true freshman in 2013, Brown posted 50 tackles (36 solo) and broke up five passes.

UPDATE: Shortly after this story was published, a University of Washington player who is friends with Brown tweeted that Brown was not dismissed from the Cougar teams but had instead been suspended. All three sources that spoke with, plus a fourth source who contacted CF.C after press time and who also had knowledge of the situation, confirmed that Brown had been dismissed, not suspended.

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