Stillwater News Press

September 10, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Pickens “disappointed” by Sports Illustrated allegations

By Nick Woodruff
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — T. Boone Pickens isn’t pleased with Sports Illustrated reporting on the  Oklahoma State University football program, according to a Pickens’ press release.

Pickens first line in the press release said “There’s one word I have for the Sports Illustrated reporting on Oklahoma State University: Disappointing.” 

Pickens’ main focus of the press release is looking at where OSU is today and not where has been and where it was a decade ago. One reason OSU is different than it was during those times is because of changes at the school in recent years in leadership and facilities, according to the press release.

“During that time, I have given more than $500 million to OSU for athletics and academics,” according to the press release, which Pickens’ Twitter account tweeted to @SInow. “Have I gotten my money’s worth? You bet.”

Pickens said OSU now has a football program committed to sportsmanship, according to the press release. Not only is the university held-up to sportsmanship but also the participants understand expectations fans and supporters have for the program.

It is expected the stadium named after Pickens to see its biggest crowd yet in the home opener  against Lamar this Saturday. Pickens said in the press release that OSU has an “incredible fan base, and a loyal group of alums that believe in the character of our players, coaches and administrators.”

Even though Pickens said he is disappointed, he is also welcoming of the scrutiny, according to the press release. He said in the end, that if people make the effort and take the time, they will better understand where Oklahoma State is today and not where it was a decade ago.

“It’s a different university today,” Pickens said in the release. “It’s a better university. If there are areas where we need to improve, we’ll do it.”

Pickens is disappointed with the Sports Illustrated article focusing on OSU’s past and not where it is now, according to the press release.

“Which leads me back to my disappointment with Sports Illustrated, and their failure to ask the most important question of all, ‘What’s happening at OSU today?’”