Mike Leach releases statement on Tyler Hilinski's death

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State Head Football Coach Mike Leach released the following statement regarding the death of quarterback Tyler Hilinski.

We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler's passing. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Interim Director of Athletics John Johnson also released a statement regarding Hilinski's passing

The tragic news today surrounding Tyler Hilinski is devastating to all. Tyler was a tremendous individual, great friend and teammate, and he will be deeply missed. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.

Earlier tonight, the football team was brought together and informed of the tragedy. There, they were met by campus and department counseling and psychological services, including athletics' on-staff clinical psychologist and a licensed mental health counselor, along with WSU Athletics medical team. The university will continue to coordinate and provide ongoing counseling care for all student-athletes as along as needed. 

All WSU students needing immediate assistance can contact the 24/7 WSU Crisis Line at 509-335-2159. Staff and faculty can receive assistance at Employee Assistance Program (EAP) State toll-free number at 1-877-313-4455