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Holiday Bowl Starting QB Found Dead

20 January 2018

Hilinski, who was expected to be the starting quarterback at Washington State next season, was found dead Tuesday afternoon.

Pullman police are in the process of interviewing those close to Hilinski to try to determine a potential reason for his suicide, according to Pullman police chief Gary Jenkins. Everyone please pray for the Hilinski family tonight.

Hilinski backed up Luke Falk this season and was the presumptive starter heading into his junior season. Hilinski struggled in his first start, leading his team to four punts in WSU's first five possessions.

WSU coach Mike Leach: 'He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it'.

Hilinski made his first start for Washington State last month at the Holiday Bowl against Michigan State. Trailing 31-10 with less than eight minutes left in the game, Hilinski came off the bench and helped lead the Cougars to a 47-44 victory.


Washington State was scheduled to introduce Pat Chun as its new athletic director on Wednesday. Thoughts and prayers are with the Hilinski family. "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.

Whitman County Coroner has issued statement saying it has completed its investigation into Tyler Hilinski's death.

Former Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf tweeted that he had been crying nonstop upon hearing the news. You brought smiles to the people around you.

Hilinski was a star football player for Upland High in Claremont, Calif., where his family still lives.

Holiday Bowl Starting QB Found Dead