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WSU football troubles

Ongoing coverage: With growing count of felony arrests, the WSU football program is gaining national notoriety off the field. The number of arrests leads the nation, but school officials say an overzealous police department targets players.

WSU tackle Robert Barber’s expulsion reduced to suspension

PULLMAN – The Spokesman-Review has confirmed a Seattle Times report citing multiple sources who say Washington State nose tackle Robert Barber will be allowed to play in this weekend’s game at Arizona State while appealing his suspension for his role in a fight at an off-campus party during the summer. Barber was originally expelled by the University Conduct Board but the sanction was changed to a suspension by the University Appeals Board Barber’s suspension will last until July, 2017, but the fifth-year senior will appeal the ruling and request that the suspension begin in spring semester.

Whitman County prosecutor will not charge WSU’s Shalom Luani

Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy has decided not to charge Washington State safety Shalom Luani in connection with a fight Aug. 24 at a Pullman Domino’s Pizza that left one man with a broken nose and Luani with a concussion.

Website: WSU leads nation in arrests of student athletes

Washington State University leads the nation in the number of its student-athletes who’ve been arrested in the last five years, according to a website that tracks such incidents. Officials at WSU claim athletes come under particular scrutiny in a small town where they’re highly recognized.