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WSU linebacker suspended, can practice with team

PULLMAN, Wash. - WSU linebacker Logan Tago will be allowed to practice with the team, pending the resolution of his criminal case. But, WSU policy says he can't compete in outside competition.

Tago was charged with 2nd degree robbery and 4th degree assault, stemming from an incident this summer in Pullman. Police say Tago and a group of men mugged another man and stole his case of beer. The victim suffered a concussion; Tago was the only member of the group the victim could identify.

WSU president Kirk Schulz said this week that Tago is suspended from the team because of that felony charge.

In a statement issued Wednesday, WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos clarified Tago's status with the team:

"There has been a great deal of speculation surrounding the status of WSU student-athlete Logan Tago. As I mentioned a few weeks ago when this situation arose, we would wait for the legal process to play out before rushing to judgement. With a felony charge now having been filed, our department code of conduct policy dictates that, absent extraordinary circumstances, student-athletes are not permitted to represent WSU athletics in outside competition until such time as the case is resolved. I firmly believe in the notion that a person is innocent until proven guilty, so while the legal matter is ongoing, Logan will be allowed to practice with the team, though that will be determined by the head coach."

"I do believe Logan to be a fine young man. Unfortunately, it appears during the incident in question, he did not represent the high standards we expect from our student-athletes at WSU. As previously stated, we will now see the legal process through before making any further determination."

Tago's first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 4.