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Washington State LB dismissed after arrest

Posted on: March 3, 2012 4:47 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Washington State's defense lost another key piece for 2012 when linebacker Sekope Kaufusi was dismissed from the team on Friday for a violation of team rules.

According to The Seattle Times, Kaufusi was arrested by Pullman police Wednesday night and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Officers responded to a complaint of marijuana smell at Kaufusi's apartment, and upon serving a search warrant discovered less than 40 grams of marijuana.

Kaufusi is the second linebacker to be dismissed by head coach Mike Leach in nearly a month. C.J. Mizell was dismissed on Feb. 7 as a result of his involvement in a fraternity house fight. Mizell (56 tackles, fourth on the team) and Kaufusi (42 tackles, seventh on the team) were both expected to start for the Cougars in 2012. Both dismissals, along with the graduation of leading tackler Alex Hoffman-Ellis, leave Leach and new defensive coordinator Mike Breske with few options at the linebacker position.

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Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:16 pm

Washington State LB dismissed after arrest

Have you been to Pullman?  Those guys have NOTHING better to do....

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:39 am

Washington State LB dismissed after arrest

I think pot smoking should be legal, but that isn't the real issue here.  "College student smokes pot" isn't exactly a "man bites dog" story.  The problem, though, is that when someone who is on a scholarship that is dependent upon his ability to perform with elite athletic ability, using any substance that can slow synaptic response or affect critical reasoning is degrading his "product."

Will smoking pot once in awhile hurt an athlete's performance?  Probably not.  But chronic use can, and the culture of chronic use can spread throughout the locker room.  Once the whole team starts smoking pot, that team is in trouble.  They will always "underacheive," and for no apparent reason.  

If the coach is kicking a kid off the team for this, there could be a lot more here than meets the eye.   

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:17 am

Washington State LB dismissed after arrest

Although smoking pot in the comfort of your own home doesnt seem like its thats big of a deal, what is a big deal is that your directly opposing what your head coach said not to be involved in.  And if you cant quit smoking pot for the sake of your team and your own personal college career then maybe you have a bigger problem.

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:21 am

Washington State LB dismissed after arrest

Leach has three one and done rules:

  1. No drugs;
  2. No Stealing;
  3. No hitting women.
He means it. Kind of a surprise with Kafausi, since he was pretty unanimously considered a team leader and positive influence on the team. Not to mention one of your best returning defensive players. LB went from a position of strength to critical really fast.

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:39 pm

Washington State LB dismissed after arrest

I agree with cleaning house,    and keeping knuckleheads away from quality players, but come on.  It's the off season, he was at home and wasn't being the jerk that you usually have to be to be in a story like this.   Too harsh. 

Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:13 pm

Washington State LB dismissed after arrest

Smoking pot doesn't make you a dirtbag ... that's just idiotic. And it's outrageous that a police department would commit resources to following up with a search warrant because someone complained about the smell. Why should we care if someone smokes pot in the privacy of their own home?

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 1:49 pm

Washington State LB dismissed after arrest

It seems more and more that when a new football coach takes over several incidents like the ones with Kaufusi and Mizell pop up. It could be the anxiety the players feel by having a new coach that may change schemes that don't fit their skills and they are afraid and act out. It could be a new coach using his honeymoon period to clear out the rot. It could be that football has always had a lot of rough, almost outside the lines types playing the game since it was invented and these two just got caught in the normal scheme of things. But, it does seem that new coach and dismissals/transfers go together like peas and carrots.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:25 am

Washington State LB dismissed after arrest

Most parents of Washington State recruits will find Coach Leach's actions very encouraging.  And it's clearly a message that he won't tolerate 'dirt bags' on his team.  Three cheers for Mike Leach!

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