Washington State Football Sends Warning to its Players


Washington State football is warning its players about joining a unity group that's fighting agains the Pac-12 conference.

The "Dallas Morning News" reports first-year Cougars head coach Nick Rolovich told wide receiver Kassidy Woods aligning with the Pac-12 player unity group would create "an issue" with the program.

The group is comprised of conference players threatening to opt out of the upcoming if the league does not meet a list of demands.

Woods informed Rolovich that he was opting out because he has sickle cell trait and would be at an enhanced risk amid the coronavirus pandemic. Rolovich was accepting of the reason Woods was sitting out but the wide receiver then revealed he was joining and supporting the unity group.

Rolovich tells the Dallas Morning News:

"The COVID stuff is one thing. But joining this group ... it's going to be different. If you say, 'I'm opting out 'cause of COVID and health and safety,' I'm good. But this group is going to change how things go in the future for everybody, at least at our school."

Woods remains on scholarship and part of Washington State's team.

Rolovich enters his first season in Pullman after taking over for Mike Leach who left the program to take over at Mississippi State.