Some aspects of the story of former Oklahoma State safety Fath’ Carter, who was quoted extensively in Sports Illustrated’s series about the Cowboys’ football program, were shown to not be true, according to documents obtained by ESPN.
Carter was one of the main individuals quoted in SI’s five-part series that alleges Oklahoma State players were paid by coaches, boosters and had academic coordinators completing school work for players.
Among the claims by Carter that are not supported by university documents were that he graduated from the school and attended classes in 2004 with running back Tatum Bell, where the professor gave them a failing grade because their eligibility had expired.
Another discrepancy was from running back Dexter Pratt, who told SI that in his first semester, in 2009, every course he took was online. According to university records, Pratt took three online courses and two actual classes.
In Tuesday’s SI report, Carter said he graduated from OSU with a degree in education. George Dorhmann, one of two SI reporters who reported the stories, also said on The Doug Gottlieb Show Tuesday that “Fait’ (Carter) has two degrees from Oklahoma State, spoke on the record, recorded. I have no reason to believe he lied. And he’s certainly not disgruntled.”
Carter didn’t have two degrees. Carter attended OSU from 2000-05 but never graduated at all from the school, according to the university’s registrar office.