WSU linebackers coach leaves for Oregon

Wilson is fourth coach to leave Cougars for Ducks in last three years

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen deputy sports editor

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WSU linebackers coach Ken Wilson has joined the coaching staff at Oregon.

The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman first reported the news Tuesday and Wilson confirmed his departure hours later in a Twitter post.

Wilson said he was grateful for having the opportunity to work at WSU.

“Thank you to our great student-athletes past and present that I had the chance to work with in my time with the Cougs,” Wilson said in the post. “Your hard work and dedication to building this program has been exceptional. I am honored to have been a small part of the build.”

This is the fourth WSU coach in the last three years to leave for Oregon. Former inside receivers coach David Yost left for the Ducks in 2016 and a year later defensive line coach Joe Salave’a departed from Pullman. Running backs coach Jim Mastro joined the Oregon staff last season.

Wilson joined Leach’s staff in 2013 after spending his previous 19 years as a coach at the University of Nevada, Reno.