As Dastro pointed out:
The implication is that Bowling was allowed back because he was a star player. The truth is he was a walk-on who was finally awarded a scholarship only months before his arrest. That scholarship was rescinded upon his conviction. After completing the terms of his sentence and re-enrolling at OSU, he requested and was granted a meeting with Gundy and Holder. He asked to be allowed to rejoin the team. This request was granted with a number of stipulations — including mandatory weekly drug tests. He returned as a NON-SCHOLARSHIP walk-on.
Now for Victor Johnson. The story implies that his second positive test for marijuana gave the OSU coaching staff a convenient excuse for dismissing a player who was injured and no longer producing on the field. Not mentioned were his multiple arrests during this time frame for possession, DUI and obstructing a police officer.
Was Johnson’s treatment substantially different than Bowling’s? That is impossible to say. Had Johnson re-enrolled at OSU after resolving his legal issues and then sought a meeting with the coach and athletic director, he may well have been allowed to rejoin the team without scholarship under the same restrictions that Bowling faced. Instead, Johnson chose to continue his playing career at Northeastern Oklahoma State, a NAIA school in Tahlequah, Okla.
1. As the Cowboys have risen from Big 12 cellar-dweller to one of the nation’s elite teams, widespread marijuana use by players and even some drug dealing has gone largely unexamined, unchecked and untreated.
If I am reading this right it is inferring that OSU got good because the players smoked pot?
2. The team’s substance-abuse counselor from at least 2007 to the present was an assistant strength-and-conditioning coach with no experience treating drug users; his bio on the university’s website incorrectly stated that he had a master’s degree in counseling.
So he has one master’s degree instead of two? It’s laughable that Thayer SI is questioning someone’s credentials
4. Andrew Alexander arrived in Stillwater in 2003, the summer before his freshman year, a naive 19-year-old from Lawton, Okla. “I didn’t do nothing in high school,” says Alexander. “It was books, athletics, home. Nothing else. I couldn’t even go to dances. It was that strict. My grandfather had me on a leash.”
During his first season Alexander, a defensive back, watched as many of his teammates smoked marijuana, but he didn’t partake. “I wasn’t trying to fit in,” he says. “I was all about school and football.” But a year later, during summer school, with the campus emptier and entertainment options limited, Alexander was tired of feeling outside the social circle so he tried marijuana for the first time. Within a few weeks he was smoking daily with some teammates. “It started me on a cycle. … I’d be partying from sunup to sundown,” he says. “I never thought in a million years I would go down that path.”
Someone came from a controlling home and went wild in college. Seriously SI this is your story?
5. A Stillwater law enforcement official, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak to the media, says that when officers called Miles to tell him about players with drug problems, his usual response was, “What do you want me to do?”
This is classic manipulation of a quote. Miles could have just as easily been referring to something along the lines of, “How can I help”, “Do you need me to come down”, “Do you need me to contact his family”.
6. Bo Bowling has publicly stated that he was never contacted by SI