PULLMAN -- Washington State football coach Mike Leach said Wednesday that former Cougars receiver Marquess Wilson has "basically recanted everything he said" in his allegations of abuse by coaches.
The allegations were the focus of a WSU investigation whose findings have yet to be released publicly.
"The whole thing's an obvious distraction," Leach said. "He's basically recanted everything he said. The entire thing has just been a total waste of time. ... some of the media has overembraced it because they'd rather cover that than actual football."
Leach declined to go into details about the investigation.
"Just wait and you'll read the review," he said. "Stay tuned. When you all get bored talking about football, you can talk about that again."
A representative of WSU athletic director Bill Moos said he won't have a comment on the investigation until it is complete.
In a letter faxed to media outlets Nov. 10 announcing his defection from the team, Wilson accused WSU coaches of "physical, verbal and emotional abuse." He didn't provide specific examples.
His accusations have also spawned an investigation by the Pac-12 Conference, which will probably be more extensive than WSU's and whose findings aren't likely to be released soon.