Washington State University's head football coach Mike Leach is firing back in the wake of three incidents of alleged assaults involving the university's football players.
“The system has to be checked if with the number of people involved in these incidents the only ones accused are football players," Leach said during a press conference on Tuesday.
During that conference, Leach accused Pullman Police and the media of singling out his players, and holding them to a double standard.
"No one has been found guilty. Some have not been arrested," Leach said. "Comments to the media have distorted the facts and already condemned football players in the court of public opinion."
Those comments come on the heels of the arrest of linebacker Logan Tago. Tago is suspected of robbery and assault during an incident in June.
Tago's is the third incident in as many months involving WSU football players accused of assault.
Police say a handful of players were involved in a brawl at a house party that sent two people to the hospital in July.
"The only guys accused of anything is the football players. Where's everybody else? What about the other 100 people in the room?" Leach said.
Last month, police also arrested safety Shalom Luani. They say Luani got into a fight outside a Pullman Domino's, and broke a man's nose.
Leach says there are other guilty parties involved in these situations, and is questioning why only football players have been identified.
"It is irresponsible to this town, this community and everybody to have some kind of a double standard where we only focus on one demographic, one group of people and then drag their name through the newspaper,"he said.
Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins says he understands why Leach is speaking out, but disagrees with his statements.
"There's no double standard within the Pullman Police Department. Once the reports are made public, I am confident the public will see the police department has handled the cases in a professional and thorough manner."
KXLY 4 News sat down with 700 ESPN's Dennis Patchin, who has covered the Cougs for decades.
"He's not saying anything that other cougar coaches haven't said. He's not saying anything that other administrators haven't said," said Patchin.
However Patchin did add that college athletes live in a fishbowl. People know who they are and are watching. Still, Patchin says there's a feeling on this campus that police are harder on college students.
"In the past, the police department in Pullman has not been very cooperative in trying to be proactive in saying what are we doing wrong. They're always saying you're wrong," he said.