Reading Between The Frayed Lines Of SI’s Investigation Of The Oklahoma State Cowboys – The Sports Fan Journal

Reading Between The Frayed Lines Of SI’s Investigation Of The Oklahoma State Cowboys – The Sports Fan Journal.

As an Oklahoma State alum, there was a time when I prayed the national media would give my school some attention. These days? Not so much. Thanks to a highly publicized five-part expose by Sports Illustrated’s new crack team of investigative reporters, the Oklahoma State Cowboys football program is making plenty of headlines this week and none of them have to do with the thrashings they gave Mississippi State and Texas-San Antonio to open the season. Instead, SI is changing the season flavored by a potential Big 12 title run into a narrative about shenanigans supposedly going on during the previous decade (did we ever decide what to call that thing? The aughts, maybe?). On Tuesday, the first part dropped with allegations regarding improper benefits. Wednesday gave us academic improprieties. Thursday promises plenty of ganja, and Friday will bring the sex every good scandal needs. Here’s the thing. I’m an OSU homer, through and through, and I suspect there to be truth to everything Sports Illustrated is bringing to the table. Boosters sneaking money to players? Probably. Players getting grades they didn’t earn? It happened when I was there. Drugs? Please, what players aren’t doing them? And as for sex with co-eds…well, I always envied the ball players. The problem is despite my preconceived notions, SI’s series doesn’t really prove any of it. And in some cases, I question if their reporting doesn’t hint at the opposite. – See more at: http://www.thesportsfanjournal.com/sports/football/si-investigation-oklahoma-state-cowboys/#sthash.89hpEsIY.dpuf

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