PULLMAN - The lawsuit against former Washington State University football coach Mike Leach from one of his former Cougar players will be heard on appeal Thursday morning (September 17, 2020).
Zaire Webb was kicked off the team by Leach in 2017 for allegedly stealing from the Pullman Walmart. Webb appealed Leach’s decision to the WSU Student-Athlete Appeals Committee. During that proceeding, Leach submitted a statement explaining what’s commonly called his “3 deadly sins.” Leach’s written testimony stated that stealing is among one of the violations that results in a player’s removal from his program.
Webb’s suit argues that Leach applies his rules inconsistently. The suit points out, most notably, that former Cougar football player Logan Tago spent a month in jail after pleading guilty to a felony for mugging a former teammate. Tago was not kicked off the team by Leach. After he got out of jail, Tago went on to become an all-conference defensive lineman for the Cougars. Webb’s claims in the lawsuit include breach of contract and due process violations.
Last year, Whitman County Superior Court Judge Gary Libey dismissed the suit, but Webb is now appealing Judge Libey’s decision to the Washington State Court of Appeals Division III in Spokane. WSU is also named in the suit. A lawyer with the state attorney general’s office is defending Leach and WSU.
The court will hear oral arguments on the appeal Thursday morning at 9:30. You can watch the hearing here: https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2020091139
Webb was never charged for allegedly stealing from Walmart.
Leach left WSU to become the head football coach at Mississippi State in January.