Logan Tago will be allowed to practice with the team but will not play until his legal case has been concluded
Washington State athletic director Bill Moos issued a statement Wednesday afternoon clarifying linebacker Logan Tago’s status with the team.
Tago was charged with second degree felony robbery and fourth degree misdemeanor assault on Monday, and when asked about Tago’s status for this Saturday’s game against UCLA, WSU coach Mike Leach said Monday that if it were up to him, Tago would be allowed to play until he is proven guilty.
On Wednesday, Moos clarified the athletic department’s position on Tago’s case.
“As I mentioned a few weeks ago when this situation arose, we would wait for the legal process to play out before rushing to judgement. With a felony charge now having been filed, our department code of conduct policy dictates that, absent extraordinary circumstances, student-athletes are not permitted to represent WSU athletics in outside competition until such time as the case is resolved,” Moos said in the statement issued by the WSU Athletic Department. “I firmly believe in the notion that a person is innocent until proven guilty, so while the legal matter is ongoing, Logan will be allowed to practice with the team, though that will be determined by the head coach.”
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“I do believe Logan to be a fine young man. Unfortunately, it appears during the incident in question he did not represent the high standards we expect from our student-athletes at WSU. As previously stated, we will now see the legal process through before making any further determination.”
Tago is a sophomore who has started two games for WSU this season at rush linebacker