Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars head into Week 3 with an 0-2 record and things may have gotten worse for the defense. According to Jacob Thorpe of Spokesman.com, defensive tackle Robert Barber has been expelled from the school following a University Conduct Board investigation into a fight over the summer that left one student unconscious and another hospitalized with a fractured jaw.
The redshirt senior is still in the midst of practicing with his appeal pending.
Cougars athletic director Bill Moos does not allow players with a felony to participate in their respective sport. It’ll be up to Leach on what happens with Barber with everything currently on hold.
“That has to be within (coach Mike Leach’s) shop. I think he was fed up with the crap on the Shalom deal, because it was the second one,” Moos said in regards to the arrest of safety Shalom Luani, who was suspended against Eastern Washington but has not been charged with a felony.
“Everybody had to run and do up-downs and all the things, so you think the point had been made,” Moos said. “(Leach) even said, ‘If I had to do it over again I would not have suspended Shalom.’ I let my coaches make those decisions. When it gets to a felony charge, it’s on my desk.”
Barber, from American Samoa, has two tackles in as many games and one of the two Washington State sacks thus far in 2016. He’s counted on to be the plug in the middle for the Cougars’ defense, though that may not be the case should things turn awry.