There are plenty of problems so far with the Sports Illustrated story on Oklahoma State football.
That doesn’t mean it’s not all true.
OSU administrators are looking into the allegations. So, presumably, is the NCAA. O-State brass must be exhaustive in their efforts to find the truth — something the SI reporters apparently were not.
Through two days — Money and Academics — here are the big problems:
* Most glaringly, Sports Illustrated didn’t even mention that the majority of its sources from the Day 1 report were kicked out of school or dismissed from the program. That’s absolutely vital information, and omitting it is either something well beyond shoddy journalism or just plain self-serving. As if not mentioning that many of the accusers had an ax to grind against their former school and team and coaches somehow strengthens the report.
The the Tulsa World report in it’s entirety here:
The biggest thing about the interview was I didn’t know it was an interview. I just thought we were just having a conversation. He didn’t state it was an interview. He just said ‘hey, I’m with Sports Illustrated,’ so I kind of figured that. But as we went into the conversation, he just kept saying things about OSU. I’m sitting there and I’m in shock. I’m just kind of sitting there in shock, like ‘whoa, that was going on?’
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I think this is my problem with the whole thing. They all but admit they went on a which hunt. And if after 10 months they were not able to find any proof, then it just isn’t out there.
1. They only mention 1 associate professor, no actual professors. How come there isn’t more follow up with the sources claims? There is record of which courses they took, why was there no attempt to contact the school, or the professors?
2. “Academics first,” Miles would say. “Football second.”
As Miles said, “Academics first,” he would hold up two fingers. And as he said, “Football second,” he would hold up one.
Miles, the coach at LSU since 2005, denies that he deemphasized academics while at Oklahoma State: “I always said, and I always meant, that academics was the most important thing.” Of the one-finger, two-finger gesture, Miles says it happened just once in “a moment of humor.”
1. If the scandal is so rampant and wide spread, and hundreds of people with knowledge, how did it take 10 years to come out?
2. Cash handed out freely in the locker room right after a game, with press and everyone else around? Again hundreds of people would have known.
3. Starving players, when there are several meals provided by the athletic department? This is just not true.
4. ‘Boosters became so pervasive after Miles took over that they began connecting with players even before they arrived on campus. (T. Boone Pickens, the school’s most prominent booster, was not implicated in any improprieties by SI’s sources.) Shaw says that after he decided to attend Oklahoma State in 2001 as a senior at Shawnee (Okla.) High, a booster gave him between $400 and $500.”
Seymore Shaw originally signed with the University of Oklahoma as a partial qualifier his senior year of HS. He came to OSU in August after the season already started when OU did not give him a scholarship.