Washington State WR Martin no longer with program

Dec 12, 2017 - 4:39 AM Washington State dismissed leading wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. for an undisclosed violation of team rules on Sunday, though there are conflicting accounts of what happened.

Martin claimed in a twitter post that he asked for his release from the program, which resulted in the dismissal.

"I was dismissed from the team because I asked for my release." Martin said on Twitter. "I never knew me asking for my release was a violation of the team rules."

Cougars coach Mike Leach told reporters after practice Sunday that he cut Martin and that the junior did not ask for his release beforehand.

Martin led the Cougars with 70 catches, 831 yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season. He also was suspended for Washington State's 28-0 win against Colorado on Oct. 21 for a violation of team rules.

In three seasons with Washington State, Martin has 150 receptions for 1,683 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Martin became the second receiver to leave the program since the regular-season ended.

Isaiah Johnson-Mack, who was second on the team with 555 yards, announced last week he plans on transferring from the school to be closer to his family in Florida. Johnson-Mack later said Leach refused to grant his release.

Washington State (9-3) will play Michigan State (9-3) in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28

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