Demand Sports Illustrated print an apology to OSU and fire George Dohrmann and Thayer Evans | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government.
Sports Illustrated has published a 5 part series on Oklahoma State University and their rise to football power.
The inaccuracies in the story are extensive, and seemingly serve no other purpose other than to defame OSU. It is unacceptable for a National Publication of SI’s caliber to seek a story, rather than report a story. It is unacceptable for SI to manipulate quotes, ignore facts, and not interview the other side of the story. By all indications this is an attack on OSU.
SI states Thayer Evans was the lead investigator in this story. Thayer Evans has an exhaustive history defaming OSU. He was fired for lying on his resume at the Houston Chronicle. Thayer was fired from Fox Sports for making up sources. This is yellow journalism
Sports Illustrated is now more than halfway through its big dumb investigation into the Oklahoma State football program. Since the magazine began rolling out its five-part series, many of the former OK State players who were quoted by co-writer Thayer Evans have claimed that they were misquoted in the story. Heres a roundup of all those who were quoted by SI who are now taking issue with the story.
Check out the full story here: via All The Quoted Players Who Are Backing Away From SIs OK State Story.
I hope to see coach Gundy get through this with his very talented team and I hope these lies don’t influence the way you view a very clean and well run football program.
via Kirk Herbstreit cancels Sports Illustrated subscription | Pistols Firing.
Real Story Not Oklahoma State Football, It’s Sports Illustrated | LostLettermen.com.
We have become so desensitized to college football scandals at this point that the real story here is the blowback against and future of Sports Illustrated, as the 59-year-old magazine has unknowingly gone all-in on its journalistic reputation.
Read more at http://www.lostlettermen.com/real-story-not-ok-state-its-sports-illustrated/#QskXujGLjArlSVAm.99
via Documents undermine some Oklahoma State Cowboys accusers – ESPN.
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.
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
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.