Thayer Evans was the lead investigator on the SI report.
- Thayer Evans played basketball at a school in Oklahoma. Evans was kicked out of school for stealing.
- Evan’s beat his wife, and there is currently a restraining order against him.
- Evans was fired from the Houston Chronicle for lying on his resume
- Evans was fired from Fox Sports for making up sources.
- The New York Times had to print a retraction, and issues the University of Texas and apology form ‘inaccuracies’ in Thayer’s work.
- He has admitted to being paid to create slander pieces against Oklahoma State in the past.
- A Thayer ‘attack’ on OSU was almost 5 years ago, trying to exploit OSU’s hedge fund trouble.
Just so there are no illusions about Thayer Evans and his thoughts about Oklahoma State:
- “…a meltdown by seventh-year Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is coming just like usual, as evidenced by his sixth-ranked team’s sloppy 38-26 victory Saturday against incompetent No. 22 Texas.”
- “Even the rest of the college football world knows Gundy is bound for a debacle. It’s the unspoken reason no one is worried about the Cowboys winning the Big 12 championship, let alone the national title, this season.”
- “Everyone is just waiting for Chokie State to once again live up to its nickname under Gundy.”
- “Of course, Gundy’s biggest meltdown wasn’t even on a football field. It was four years ago, when he infamously yelled, “I’m a man! I’m 40!” while berating a female newspaper columnist for what she had written. Yet despite his knack for meltdowns, a solemn Gundy managed to avoid one Saturday when asked whether he was haunted by his past failures. “No,” Gundy said. “It’s a new season.” But it’s still the same Gundy, always on the verge of a disaster.”
- “And if this season is going to be any different for Gundy, even one of his best players can’t tell you why. When asked why people should believe that Oklahoma State won’t disappoint, Weeden was at a loss for words. “I don’t know,” Weeden said. “We’re not worried about it.” Weeden actually makes a good point. You can’t worry about what’s inevitable.”
Jason Whitlock Crucifies Thayer Evans
- My God, this might be the journalistic crime of the century. Boomer Sooner got to write takedown of Okie State. Unreal. #plushesahack
- Yes, I’m not speculating about his incompetence. RT @MinnickTaylor: Wasn’t Thayer Evans a colleague of yours over at Fox Sports
- “But then in addition to that, having worked with Thayer Evans at Fox Sports, having followed his work for some time, I am completely and utterly flabbergasted that a legitimate news outlet would allow Thayer Evans to be involved in some type of investigative piece on college football that tears down a program, and particularly one that tears down Oklahoma State when it is no secret what a huge, enormous, gigantic Oklahoma homer Thayer Evans is. This is just incredible. Knowing the lack of competence that’s there with Thayer Evans, knowing the level of simplemindedness that’s there with Thayer Evans, to base any part of the story on his reporting is mind-boggling. … When I learned Thayer Evans was involved, I just said, there’s no way I’ll read this because there’s no reason to trust this reporter on anything of any substance. If you go back and look at his track record of reporting and the consistent controversy that surrounds his reporting – he made a name for himself at the New York Times by writing these annual stories about some top high school football recruit that he would buddy up to, follow around with a tape recorder and then report what some immature 17-year-old kid said about the recruiting process. These kids tended to come from single-parent families with the mother working and busy, so there wasn’t the normal oversight and anybody with a brain could see the exploitation that was taking place. … It doesn’t surprise me there are sources in this story saying the reporting was heavy-handed and leading. I don’t want to make the whole thing about Thayer Evans, but there’s just no way to avoid it. I’ve worked with him. He’s simpleminded. He’s a hack that can’t write. This isn’t personal, I promise. I have no reason to dislike Thayer Evans personally, and I don’t. But I’ve read enough of his work this guy isn’t qualified for this job and by now Sports Illustrated and anybody else should be well aware of this. Type his name into Google, read his previous work, read how his previous work has been debunked and there’s just no surprise. This story will be shrouded in controversy.”
- “ … Let me end by saying this and I honestly mean this without malice. It wouldn’t shock me if Thayer Evans couldn’t spell cat and I say in all seriousness.”– Jason Whitlock
THE CURIOUS TIMELINE
- “…a meltdown by seventh-year Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is coming just like usual, as evidenced by his sixth-ranked team’s sloppy 38-26 victory Saturday against incompetent No. 22 Texas.” – Thayer Evans
- “Even the rest of the college football world knows Gundy is bound for a debacle. It’s the unspoken reason no one is worried about the Cowboys winning the Big 12 championship, let alone the national title, this season.” – Thayer Evans
DECEMBER 2011 / JANUARY 2012
- OSU Dismantles OU
- OSU Wins the Big 12 Championship
- OSU is one game from the National Title and finishes 3rd
- What Thayer Evans wrote after OSU won the FIESTA Bowl in 2011: “Oklahoma State never deserved to play in the BCS title game, which they campaigned for after routing rival Oklahoma to close the regular season last month. Even defensive coordinator Bill Young admitted, “We’re very fortunate to just be where we are.”. Of course Oklahoma State is, just as it has been all season in winning its first Big 12 title in a conference whose traditional powers struggled this year……..a man in the stands held a banner that read, “Shoulda Been OSU/LSU.”……Delusional OSU fans actually believe that. But the reality is far different.”
- Thayer Evans begins his ‘investigation’ into OSU
My one question for SI is, why let Thayer be anywhere around this piece? Surely they were aware of his past. It only shrouds the series in yellow journalism.