Sex and drugs and OSU

When Sports Illustrated is about to release a bombshell of a story alleging “…academic improprieties; inconsistent monitoring of drug use; payments to players by coaches and payment by boosters for work not performed; and a hostess program providing recruits with sex” and the best you can do in response is apologize to other programs and supporters, you’re admitting you’re pretty much screwed, at least in the court of public opinion.

And how about this tepid response from Mike Gundy, who supposedly is personally involved in some of the claims?

“ … I’m going to guess that once we get all the information and we see what’s out there, then our administration and the people inside will look at it and we’ll see where we made mistakes and we’ll try to make ourselves better and we’ll correct it and then we’ll move forward. And I would hope that there will be some of it that we look at and say I’m not sure one way or the other based on what’s out there.”

That’s not exactly “I’m a man!” type bluster there.

Where this goes from here is hard to say.  Luckily for the school, most of the story centers around things that happened far enough back in time to escape NCAA sanctions.  The interesting thing to keep an eye on is if there are any ramifications for Gundy personally… and Les Miles.

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UPDATE:  “I’m a man!”, indeed.

One of the signature moments of Gundy’s nine seasons as coach came in September 2007, when he staunchly defended quarterback Bobby Reid at a postgame press conference. A columnist for The Oklahoman had questioned Reid’s maturity, and Gundy responded by shouting at the writer, “He’s not a professional athlete, and he doesn’t deserve to be kicked when he’s down.”

Johnson (Reid’s onetime roommate), Mickens, Shaw and wide receiver Artrell Woods say Reid was a professional athlete, though. They say that Reid had received money earlier in his career, when he was the starting quarterback. (Now an offensive administrative assistant at Oklahoma State, Reid denies receiving money while a player.) By the time of Gundy’s rant in 2007, Reid was no longer a starter, and Woods says Reid’s bonus money had dried up. Says Woods, “They cut his ass off.”

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13 responses to “Sex and drugs and OSU

  1. JasonC

    Maybe they can get AJ to advise them on a course of action.

  2. The other Doug

    Maybe OSU will get the Miami treatment.

  3. gastr1

    Probably there will be a ton of smoke, some people claiming that got this and saw that, then the NCAA will come in and sort it all out and a verdict will be in place by October.

    Nah.

  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    and somewhere in Baton Rouge, Lester Miles is looking for that special blade of grass…would hate for the story to disrupt LSU’s mental prep.

  5. mdcgtp

    Not knowing the details of what the SI story will say, I think the Senator is spot Miles angle of things is going to be the most fascinating part of the story. Sex, drugs, and money in a college athletic department is not exactly ground breaking stuff. There is an underbelly to college football. I just will be fascinated to learn who was responsible for the whole thing and how anyone knows that it stopped in 2007. Mike Gundy strikes me as a slimy guy. We know T. Boone Pickens is too. So I have to admit I am interested, particularly to read how involved Miles was.

    Actually, I wish SI were running the story next week, which would give it time to blow up fully during the week of our game. While it probably matters not to any of the SEC players and coaches other than Miles, every little bit helps right?

  6. Russ

    Wouldn’t hurt my feelings. Gundy has always struck me as a pompous ass. And yeah, that’s not really a vigorous denial.

  7. Bulldog Joe

    Still mad Dez Bryant was allowed to play against us.

  8. MinnesotaDawg

    Gundy, a slimy guy…pompous ass.. Yeah, I’d have to concur. Kind of a douchebag. That’s sort of why I thought he’d be a good fit at Tennessee. Probably good for OSU that this was dug up during the new era of the NCAA shrugging everything off. Post-Penn State, Cam (Auburn, in general), & Manziel, I predict a whole new wave of blatant dirty pool….early 80′s SWC style.

  9. Mark Emmert

    Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

  10. Per Joe Schad on the Mike & Mike Show, the system of violations occurred as recently as 2011 which would be within the 4-yr statute of limitations. Since this was an ongoing behavior, the alleged violations going back to Les Miles days would not therefore not be protected by the status of limitations.

    Maybe the NCAA will let the players vote on what to do.

  11. Always Someone Else's Fault

    Ever been to Stillwater? Clue: no pictures on the city website, at least not anywhere you can find them.

    Oklahoma State website, main logo: “America’s brightest orange.” Catchy. Also, does anyone have any clue what that means?

    So, I can see where some cash inducements and fun-lovin’ co-eds might aid the recruiting process.