REPORT: Cougar NT Robert Barber expelled, still practicing while he appeals

ROBERT BARBER was fully participating in practice on Thursday, CF.C’s Skyler Cracraft reports. It remains to be seen if the Cougs' starting nose tackle will take snaps on Saturday vs. Idaho, or ever again on Saturdays at Washington State.

Barber, 6-3, 305-pound fifth-year senior nose tackle, has been expelled from WSU after a student conduct board investigation into a fight at a party over the summer, according to the Spokesman-Review.

Barber will continue to practice while he appeals, the Spokesman reported.  The office of student conduct allows a student 21 days to submit an appeal.

Bill Moos said this week once a player is officially charged with a felony, his policy is that a player is sidelined – but no charges have been field against Barber.

In circumstances like this, Moos leaves it to the coaches to make the call on whether or not he will participate.  Mike Leach indicated earlier this week his new normal will be to believe players are innocent until proven guilty.

Barber is backed up by Ngalu Tapa at nose tackle. Tapa is a 6-3, 319-pound third year sophomore who has played in both games in rotation this season. Tapa played in four games last year as a freshman, with his most extensive action coming against Stanford's big offensive line.

The Cougar d-line has also done an unusually large amount of shifting through its first two games -- with ends and tackles lining up at the nose at times, and a large amount of player rotation subbing in and out as well.

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