Stillwater News Press

September 9, 2013

Magazine's look at OSU football draws variety of fan reactions

By Megan Sando
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University student reactions to allegations expected to be made in a Sports Illustrated investigative report, The Dirty Game, about Cowboy football ranged from disbelief to fix it Monday.

The Sports Illustrated story will be online at SI.Com at 8 a.m. Tuesday. After SI carried out a 10-month investigation, university officials were informed about it on Aug. 28.

The investigation uncovered a series of allegations that started 2001, including payments from coaches and boosters to players, bonus money for performance, player’s grades being changed and coursework completed by others, sexual relations with hostesses from the “Orange Pride” program and drug abuse.

An NCAA investigator has been assigned to review OSU’s football program.

“If it’s true, then it should be handled,” said Campus Life desk clerk Stephen Ogle. “It should be taken care of and not swept under the rug like Penn State.”

Ogle referred to the Penn State University scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky accused of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. The settlement had reached numbers of approximately $60 million in July.

“It shouldn’t be the focus of college sports to buy people out,” Ogle said.

B.J. Johnson, and engineering major, said he could believe athletes are paid.

“College athletes are lured by money,” he said. “And, of course, they get women.”

Freshman Jared Marshal said he remembers playing football in Houston and hearing high school player’s grades were altered.

“There were rumors that grades were changed so guys could play on Fridays,” Marshal said.

Seniors Rick Garett and Matt Smith thought the story likely would fizzle out.

“I think they [the allegations] are ridiculous and not true,” said Garett, an English major. “It will all get sorted out.”

“I know about it, but there are more important things going on — like the war in Syria,” said Matt Smith.