Sources: Cougar NT Robert Barber’s appeal has been denied

MULTIPLE SOURCES with knowledge of the situation tell starting nose tackle Robert Barber’s appeal has been denied. The fifth-year senior was not at practice Wednesday. Mike Leach did not address questions on Barber's status other than to say he hopes justice prevails. D-coordinator Alex Grinch declined to speak to media after practice.

In a big blow to the Cougs, barring something unexpected, it appears Robert Barber has played his last football snap for Washington State.

Barber, one source told CF.C, is now suspended from both the football program and university.  He is one class short of graduation, but would now have to wait to reapply next year and re-take the class, according to the source.

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

Barber has not, however, been charged for his alleged role in a fight that broke out at party this summer. 

In September, Pullman Police recommended charges of second degree assault to the Whitman County prosecutor’s office against Barber and DL T.J. Fehoko. 

But neither man has been charged by the prosecutor.

Barber’s primary backup at the nose is Ngalu Tapa.

Tapa, a 6-3, 319-pound third-year sophomore, has played in all seven games this season and has seen more turns than your average backup DT.

The Cougar d-line has rotated heavily across the board plus there has been an unusually large amount of shifting  -- with ends and tackles lining up at the nose at times.

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