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Former players allege academic misconduct at OSU

Filed by KOSU News in Feature.
September 11, 2013
 

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Sports Illustrated’s second part of its investigation into Oklahoma State football says 13 players admitted to academic misconduct while at the university, while also pointing to 16 other players who received help.

The players allege tutors did work for them, professors went easy on them, and the author’s question the value of the team’s academic coordinator, Terry Henley. Already this morning, former Oklahoma State center Ben Buie (’00-’04) called Henley a “stand up guy who is in a position to mentor student athletes.”

In an interview with KOSU, OSU President Burns Hargis said he wasn’t permitted to detail any of the charges. “We will bring in an independent investigator who is skilled in this area…we’re going to look at everything.”

Sports Illustrated met with President Hargis and others, including Coach Mike Gundy, prior to the start of the series.

“Coach Gundy was there for this entire period, either as an assistant or a head coach. Coach Gundy has made it clear he doesn’t know anything about any of this and at least in his case, he doesn’t think there’s anything to it. ”

President Hargis said that Oklahoma State has a commitment to follow the rules, and said the university with take “swift and sure action”.

“We want to win, but we don’t want to win the wrong way.”

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