CFC TV: WSU head man Mike Leach has "serious problem" with how Robert Barber suspension, T.J. Fehoko expulsion have played out

PULLMAN – After State Sen. Mike Baumgartner made waves Monday morning regarding Robert Barber’s suspension from Washington State, Cougar head man Mike Leach in the afternoon said the fifth-year senior nose tackle has Leach's full support.

“The thing about it is you have an incident that everybody agrees 80-100 people were involved in a fight there, and the only guys they’ve arrested are Robert Barber and T.J. Fehoko.  So I have 80-100 reasons why this isn’t 100 percent fair. Those are the only two being scrutinized and so I have a serious problem with that and so yes, if allowed to, I would play Robert Barber,” said Leach.

Fehoko, a second-year reserve d-lineman, has been expelled by WSU Conduct Board. He is appealing the decision.

Leach, when asked how the late WSU Elson Floyd handled incidents involving members of the football team, declined to draw comparisons between WSU's former president and WSU president Kirk Schulz.

On the field, Leach said that starter Eduardo Middleton and B.J. Salmonson will compete for playing time this practice week at right guard, as would starter Riley Sorenson and Frederick Mauigoa at center.

As for Gabe Marks breaking the all-time Washington State TD receptions record with his 32nd and 33rd scoring grabs at OSU, Leach pointed to the fifth-year senior’s competitive fire.

“The biggest thing you can say is that he’s competitive, always wants the ball, plays the ball in the air well – he’s been an example to a lot of other receivers here, and so he’s caught a lot of balls as a result. And we need him to catch a bunch more,” said Leach.

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