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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.
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 That scholarship was rescinded upon his conviction.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.
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?’
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.