Friday night, Washington State defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys abruptly resigned. A few hours later, he took to Twitter to explain why he stepped down.
Claeys noted that his resignation didn’t come because of personal or health reasons – it’s simply because the defense was struggling under his leadership. He kept the message positive, saying that he loves the players and staff.
Thank you Coach Leach for the opportunity. I didn’t resign for health or personal reasons. The defense has struggled and I am responsible. We couldn’t agree on solutions so the SPEED D is better with new leadership! I love the players and staff! They will finish strong! GO COUGS
— Tracy Claeys (@t_claeys) October 5, 2019
Washington State started the season with three straight wins, but has since fallen to UCLA and Utah. The Cougars gave up 67 points to the Bruins and 38 points to the Utes. It’s fair to say that they have struggled on the defensive side of the ball.
The Cougars actually have a bye this weekend before traveling to Arizona State next Saturday. So the timing of Claeys’ resignation isn’t as odd as you’d assume given the fact that it came on a Friday night.
Claeys had been Washington State’s defensive coordinator since 2018. He was Minnesota’s interim head coach for part of 2015 before taking over the full-time role in 2016. He was later fired after controversy surrounding a sexual assault case that allegedly involved 10 Minnesota players.
Washington State head coach Mike Leach has yet to name Claeys’ replacement.