WSU football player expelled following investigation into alleged assault

WSU football player expelled following investigation into alleged assault

REBECCA WHITE, Evergreen reporter

WSU football starting lineman Robert Barber was expelled Thursday following a student conduct investigation into an assault this summer in which two WSU students were hospitalized.

WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos confirmed to The Spokesman-Review that Barber will appeal the expulsion. Moos does not allow players with felonies to participate in sports, but he leaves student conduct investigations in the hands of the coaches. Barber will continue practicing during the appeals process, according to The Spokesman.

“Everybody had to run and do up-downs and all the things, so you think the point had been made,” Moos told The Spokesman. “(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.”

Student conduct investigations require only preponderance of evidence to assume guilt, as opposed to the “beyond reasonable doubt” standard in criminal trial proceedings.

The Pullman Police Department has not made any arrests in its investigation of the July 23 assault.

Reporting by Rebecca White