October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but if you've looked ahead at Texas' schedule, you'll notice the Longhorns don't have a home game the entire month. A bye week, the neutral site game with Oklahoma, and trips to Ames and Fort Worth mean that after this weekend's game with Kansas State, the Longhorns won't play in Austin again until November 2nd.
Due to the upcoming schedule, Texas has decided to get a jump start in honoring the fight against Breast Cancer by donning a bit of pink this Saturday.
Per the Texas Equipment team's twitter feed, here's a look at what you can expect to see when you tune in Saturday night on ABC as they play their first Big 12 game of the season.
Added Cancer Awareness decals to the helmets for this week's game pic.twitter.com/7QHQJCNhP8— UTexas Equipment (@UTexasEquipment) September 19, 2013
What's one thing that makes twitter great? Boone Pickens.
The Oklahoma State booster had already expressed his disappointment regarding the recent Sports Illustrated 5-part series about alledged indiscretions within the Cowboys' football program over the past 10 or so seasons.
And then today, he dropped this doozy for his 100,000+ followers to see.
Much has been made about the story - or lack of one - about exactly what SI was trying prove. They started out by saying it was look at the rapid ascent of the OSU program and ended by saying it was merely an attempt at getting some sort of reform in college athletics.
Whatever it was, by part IV and V of the series, I had nearly lost interest.
If you didn't read the series, Sports Illustrated even when out of its way to include this in the first installment: T. Boone Pickens, the school's most prominent booster, was not implicated in any improprieties by SI's sources.
Why? Well, because you don't mess with T. Boone.
Can we finally move on? Hopefully we can finally move on.
Nebraska finally released a statement regarding the status of head coach Bo Pelini.
“The comments made by Head Football Coach Bo Pelini in 2011, published Monday, are unfortunate and deeply concerning to us, as they would be to anyone who loves this university. Our coaches, staff and student-athletes must be held to a high standard and Coach Pelini's remarks were unfair to the legions of Nebraska fans and not what we expect from a representative of this university. Former Director of Athletics Tom Osborne became aware of these comments and the existence of a recording more than a year ago, and addressed the matter with Coach Pelini. We have observed, and many others have commented, that Coach Pelini’s demeanor has significantly improved since the time of this incident. Coach Pelini has given us his assurance that he understands the seriousness and inappropriateness of his comments. We believe he is sincere in his apology and in his regret. We are prepared to put the matter to rest. Our football student-athletes, coaches and staff deserve all of our support and we know the Nebraska faithful will be there for them.”
Let's hope this indeed has been put to bed. I'm sure Pelini will continually be asked about it in the coming days, but the sooner we can get back to the action on the field, the better.
Now the question I really want an answer too, has anybody figured out yet what happened in the second half against UCLA?
So that turned into a rather interesting day.
Bo starts off his Monday press conference with a little bit of self reflection pinning Saturday’s loss squarely on his shoulders. Things are going well as it’s obvious he’s searching for answers as to why second halves happen like it did against the Bruins.
If something is not working, you can’t continue to “pound a square peg into a round hole” as Pelini himself said. That’s good; we’re heading in a positive direction.
Then he’s asked about Tommie Frazier’s comments from Saturday, and by-an-large, gives a pretty solid answer until he throw in the four words, “we don’t need him,” sending Husker Nation in a frenzy.
Frazier said himself on Twitter following the press conference, he’s right, they don’t need him. But I’m guessing if Pelini had to do Monday’s press conference all over again, he’d probably leave those four word out of the transcript. Life is just easier that way, but then again, Pelini is not much for making his life easier as we are about to find out – once again – later in the day.
The afternoon was spent listening to some sports radio as people debated Pelini’s comments along with dissecting everything that went wrong – or didn’t go right – about UCLA racking up 38 straight points.
That was interesting enough, but nothing compared to what was coming.
The train completely came off the rails around 4:05 when Deadspin posted the audio it obtained from the secret-recorder-you-don’t-see-me-but-I’m-going-to screw-you-just-wait person, whoever that was. Just a quick tangent here, I’m guessing Bo might have a pretty solid idea who that is. I mean, how many people could have been there? Unless someone had stashed a recorder and left the room, just by the process of elimination, it probably doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure it out. If he does indeed know who it was, now that’s a conversation I’d love to have recorded.
Before you know it, all hell breaks loose. Pelini is trending on twitter, Husker fans are beside themselves, former players come to his defense, the national media voices their opinion, the keep Bo Pelini facebook page is at 12,000 members and counting, Perlman speaks, so does Eichorst, and Bo issues an apology. Remember all the missed tackles Nebraska had on Saturday? Me neither.
So where do we go from here? Who knows.
I can’t believe this is a fireable offense, but I have a feeling the Nebraska administration is at least considering it. It's unbelievable we're actually at this point. This was a private conversation in the heat of the moment two years ago.
Is everything he has done since then all of sudden forgotten? And he’s done plenty of good things, not only on the field, but off it, as well. The program has simply come a long ways since he took over.
As for his behavior since then, some Nebraska fans wanted better behavior (whatever that is) and for the most part, they’ve gotten it. Not to mention, his press conferences are night and day compared to what they were a couple years ago. Not only his postgame press conferences, but his Monday press conferences, as well. I’m not saying he likes that aspect of his job any better than he did day one, but he’s much more tolerable of it, at least on the surface.
Without question, I fall in the he-shouldn’t-be fired camp, especially for this. The results haven’t always been what Nebraska fans have wanted on the field, but I still hold firm in the belief that it’s headed in the right direction and I have a feeling we will see that play out sooner than some might expect.
On the other hand, if he is fired, he really has no one to blame but himself. You know what, if he never says those words, the dimwit who recorded him has nothing to record. Yes, it never should have been recorded in the first place and we all should still be rehashing the UCLA game, but that’s not what happened and whatever the reaction turns out to be is going to have big consequences one way or another.
So here’s hoping cooler heads prevail and everyone can move on after a few more “sorry about that, nothing personal” comments from the head coach. That will be easier said than actually done, however, as I’m sure they’ll be few that won’t be so forgiving (were individual fans seriously offended by that? I guess the obvious answer is, yes).
If Nebraska goes on to a 7-5 finish, then fine, we can all debate about firing him then. But until then, firing him would simply be a mistake Nebraska doesn’t need to make.
It's three weeks into the season and what do we know about the Big 12 that we didn't prior to the season? Not much. Texas Tech has been a pleasant surprise. Texas has not. Outside of that, every team in the league still has plenty to prove.
Unfortunately, we still have another week of mostly blah nonconference games to go along with four teams taking this weekend off before Big 12 play begins in earnest.
Here's a look at how the Big 12 shakes out before the real fun begins.
1. (-) Oklahoma State (3-0): It was business as usual for the Cowboys – at least on the field - in their expected dismantling of Lamar. The Cowboys have the first bye week of the season ahead although you have to wonder if it comes at a bad times given all the talk about things other than football going on in Stillwater. Up next: bye.
2. (-) Oklahoma (3-0): Hey, we have a Blake Bell sighting! With Trevor Knight out with an injury, Bell took the starting job and ran with it and after throwing for 413 yards and four touchdowns, he probably isn’t looking back. The Sooners now have two weeks to prepare for their trip to South Bend. Up next: bye.
3. (-) Baylor (2-0): The Bears had the weekend off as they prepare for the final nonconference game of the year. Even though we’re only three weeks into the season and Baylor hasn’t played anyone with a pulse just yet, I’m already looking forward to November 7th when Oklahoma pays a visit to Waco. Up next: Louisiana-Monroe.
4. (↑1) Texas Tech (3-0): Could the Kliff Kingsbury era have gotten off to any better of a start? It’s hard to imagine how after the Red Raiders dispatched TCU on Thursday night. Texas State has the honor of being Tech's next victim giving the freshman QB’s one more tune up before Big 12 play begins. Up next: Texas State.
5. (↓1) TCU (1-2): Losing to LSU in the opener may have been expected by most. Losing to Texas Tech was not. Quarterback Trevone Boykin has plenty of ability but to think the loss of Casey Pachall isn’t going to have a significant impact over the coming weeks is foolish. Up next: bye.
6. (↑1) West Virginia (2-1): Three weeks into the season, West Virginia is about where we expected them to be and maybe even a little better given the consistent play of the defense thus far. Maryland won’t roll over and play dead this weekend and should provide the Mountaineers a solid test before diving back into Big 12 play. Up next: Maryland (in Baltimore).
7. (↑1)Kansas State (2-1): It wasn’t a dominate performance against an inferior opponent, but it was another step in the right direction following the season opening loss to NDSU. Next is a huge trip to Austin where Kansas State hopes to make it six in a row over the Longhorns (think about that for a second). It goes without saying, but this is a huge game for both sides. Up next: at Texas.
8. (↓2) Texas (1-2): The free fall continues for the Longhorns. There were some positives to build on against Ole Miss, but at the end of the night, it was still a 21 point defeat. Texas still had plenty of issues stopping the run which doesn’t bode well with the Wildcats coming to town. Here’s guessing they’ll be seeing plenty of Daniel Sams Saturday night. Up next: Kansas State.
9. (-) Kansas (1-1): The Jayhawks haven’t won a road game since 2009 and I thought that 19 game streak might come to end against Rice. I was wrong. The offense struggled putting up only 14 points and finishing with just 270 yards against the Owls. Hey, nobody said it would be easy. Up next: Louisiana Tech.
10. (-) Iowa State (0-2): The Cy-Hawk trophy found its way back to Iowa City after the Cyclones comeback bid fell short. Iowa State couldn’t handle the Hawkeye ground game and on the other side, failed to get their own rushing attack on track finishing with just 59 yards. Neither are good signs for Paul Rhoads’ squad. Up next: bye.
1. So let’s get right to it and play the blame game. That’s what you do after getting punched in the face, right? The problem here is, who do you blame? The coaches? Yep. The offense? Yes. The defense? Yes, again. Special teams? [Nods head yes, while thinking about Jamal Turner chasing down a punt and picking it up at the three yard line]. The simple fact is, there’s plenty of blame to go around, just take your pick.
2. The 17 play, 92 yard drive in the first half was a thing of beauty. A nice mix of run and pass (although the bulk of the yards came on the ground). Where that went in the second half, I’m still trying to figure out. Nebraska didn’t run their 17th play in the third quarter until their fourth drive of the second half.
3. The play on third and 12 from the UCLA 39 with under two minutes to play in the first half turned out to be a back-breaker, believe it or not. You know the play, the Huskers had quarterback Brett Hundley dead to rights but couldn’t come up with the sack and he scrambles for a first down to keep the drive going. Three plays later, it’s 21-10 and UCLA gets a big boost of confidence heading to the locker room.
Who knows what happens if Nebraska gets that sack. The Huskers would have gotten the ball back with another chance to score before half, or at a minimum, they would have went into the half with their 21-3 lead intact. Does the second half play out different if that is the case? I wish I knew the answer.
4. How do you even begin to describe the third quarter? The stats tell you about you need to know. The yards were 236 to 57 in UCLA’s favor. Hundley was 8-8 throwing the ball and the Bruins averaged over 6.5 yards per carry. And obviously the score in that quarter was UCLA 28 Nebraska 0.
Bo Pelini talked about all the missed tackles, missing gaps, and playing undisciplined in the second half during his postgame press conference. Some of that obviously falls on the players, sure (Corey Cooper’s late hit on Hundley on third down simply can’t happen).
But isn’t it on the coaches to get their players to do those things? Absolutely it is. That’s why it’s nearly impossible to play the blame game (see #1). The bigger problem is trying to figure out why it continues to happen against the better opponents on the schedule. I can’t believe the talent gap was that great between Nebraska and UCLA today. Keep in mind, this was UCLA, not Alabama.
5-10. That being said, I have to disagree with Touchdown Tommie saying it’s time to clean house as he did via his twitter feed Saturday afternoon. Nebraska is not that far away even if it’s hard to see that after games like this. Six years in, everyone thinks these types of losses should have stopped happening and they’re right. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to pull the plug.
(6) Even after today, I still think this team has the potential (sorry for using the P word) to be Bo’s best team yet. The youth on defense is mind boggling. (Why Nebraska is in a position to have to play so many young guys is probably a better question, but that’s another story entirely). They’re young now, yes, but there’s also an abundance of talent there to go with it. They will be better by season’s end.
On offense, Nebraska may have the best set of wide receivers they’ve ever had, there’s plenty of depth at running back and QB and the O-line is better than average (I think). Better days ahead will be coming and yes, this season.
(7) We can sit here and talk schematics all you want, after all, there was plenty of talk following the game about Bo’s scheme not working. That’s hogwash. Fire Papuchis? That’s even funnier unless he’s signaling in something other than what Bo is telling him to run. Was anybody complaining about his schemes after completely stonewalling Texas in 2009 who, by the way, happened to have one of the best offenses in the country that season? No, because his schemes are sound.
(8) Now that doesn’t mean Bo should be so stubborn to the point he's not trying different things when teams start gashing his defenses. UCLA obviously figured something out and it’s his job to come up with something to keep the damn from bursting as it did Saturday. It’s nearly impossible to change an entire game plan on the fly but throwing in a couple new wrinkles to help stem the tide is his job.
(9) Starting from square one with a new coaching staff is a dangerous proposition. Most people make the assumption that a new guy comes in and all is better. Just like that conference titles and playing in big bowl games will start raining down in Lincoln. Callahan showed everyone it can be a whole lot worse, and that’s not to say anyone should lower their expectations for the new staff. There’s no reason not to expect Nebraska shouldn’t win the Big Ten right now.
(10) Look at the rest of the schedule. Even after today, there’s not a team on the schedule that should scare Nebraska. Heck, Michigan needed a last second stop to beat Akron who finished 1-11 in the MAC last season. For all we know, UCLA might be the best team they play all season.
Today was horrible. Tomorrow will be better. Now excuse me while I go put together a power point of some new defensive schemes to email to Bo.
Whenever a team loses a game – especially in the fashion Texas lost to BYU last weekend – the sky is always falling among the fan base. Somebody needs to pay with his job! (And in this case, it actually happened). Why are “we” so bad! Something has to change!
Granted, the last few seasons haven’t gone well for Texas especially considering the expectations in Austin are higher than most places. As soon as Texas looks to have taken a few steps forward, something like Saturday night happens and they’re right back to square one, which in this case happens to be the entire 2010 season.
Mack Brown has lost the support of many over the past few seasons, but one man who hasn’t lost the faith happens to be a billionaire attorney that has the field inside Darrell K. Royal Stadium named after him, Joe Jamail.
He’s not only still a believer in what Brown is doing, he’s also not very impressed with either TCU or Texas Tech, apparently.
“Mack’s still enthusiastic and thinks we’ve still got a good chance to win this conference,” Jamail told Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman. “I watched about five minutes of the Tech-TCU game last night, and they couldn’t beat my (bleeping) grade school.”
Well, at least he isn’t afraid to speak his mind.
That does, however, raise the question on whether Texas could beat his grade school team. Or how about BYU? Did he happen to see TCU beat Texas last season on the field that has his name attached to it? Just curious.
Make what you will of his comments, but you can almost feel his enthusiasm coming out of the computer screen. He might be a big booster for the Texas program, but he’s obviously also a big fan and as we all know, fans will say whatever they have to say about their teams especially when they’re backed into a corner.
And yes, Texas is backed into a corner at the moment. “I’ve never seen it worst,” he said of the BYU loss. “(Texas) it’s a better football team than that.”
So what if the same thing happens on Saturday night against Ole Miss? Or what it they get beaten to a pulp by Oklahoma again? Here’s guessing Jamail’s tune won’t change much because if it hasn’t changed by now, it’s likely not going to happen anytime soon.
As for Brown, well, it never hurts to have friends in high places.
You can read Bohls' full commentary here.
It wasn’t a thing of beauty, but it was a huge win nonetheless for Texas Tech on Thursday night.
Many people thought TCU was the dark horse to win the Big 12 this season, if not one of the outright favorites. On the flip side, Texas Tech was a bit of an afterthought, at least as far as being a contender in the Big 12 race goes.
Now, the Red Raiders look like a team that could make some noise, especially if their defense continues to play like they did against the Horned Frogs.
TCU did manage to pick up 401 yards and repeatedly hurt themselves with penalties, but by and large, Tech’s defense looked like a different unit altogether than what they’ve fielded the last several seasons.
Maybe the most important stat of the night was TCU’s inability to convert third downs as Texas Tech held them to just 3 of 16 on the night. TCU was sometimes their own worst enemy with penalties putting them in tough down and distance situations, but Tech did their fair share in keeping TCU’s offense in check.
Dartwan Bush was an animal on Tech’s defense line. Tre’ Porter, Will Smith, and Terrance Bullitt’s run support was phenomenal most of the night.
TCU’s quarterback, Trevone Boykin, isn’t the most accurate passer Tech will see all season, but he’s still a dynamic QB that can change a game in a hurry and Tech, by and large, did a nice job of keeping him contained.
“It was the best defensive performance I’ve been a part of since I’ve been a coach. We put them in bad spots all night offensively, and they kept stepping up and turning them over and getting stops against a talented offense with a really talented quarterback,” Kliff Kingsbury said following the victory.
TCU held the ball for 10 more minutes than Texas Tech yet the Red Raiders were able to force seven punts, came up with two interceptions and forced five three-and-outs. Not a bad day at the office.
There’s obviously still a long, long ways to go until we reach the finish line, but if their defense can continue to perform like they did Saturday night, anything is possible.
On offense, Baker Mayfield struggled at times Thursday night throwing three interceptions, but considering this was his first game against a top notch defense, some mistakes were to be expected. He’ll likely make better decisions as he gains more experience, but even so, you have to love the guy’s aggressiveness which didn’t seem to change throughout the game.
Davis Webb threw a beautiful ball after he replaced a dinged-up Mayfield for the winning touchdown. And let’s not forget, at some point this season, Michael Brewer may get himself back in the mix, as well. And even if he isn’t able to return, Mayfield and Davis look more than capable enough to continue putting points on the scoreboard.
And then there’s Jace Amaro who very well might be the best tight end in the country. We’ve been hearing about his potential for the better part of the past two seasons and now we’re seeing just what all the excitement was about. He’s going to be a matchup problem for anybody Tech plays all season.
Think about this for a second, what better defense is Texas Tech going to face than the one they saw Thursday night? Maybe Oklahoma’s and that’s it. That’s one reason Thursday night’s win was so big.
And take a look at their upcoming schedule: Texas State, Kansas, Iowa State and West Virginia. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that Texas Tech could be 7-0 when they had to Norman on October 26th, although I suppose that’s a conversation for later on down the road.
For one night at least, Tech beat a team not many thought they’d be able to handle. What does that mean for the rest of the season? We shall see but considering the Big 12 race is as wide open as it’s ever been, Texas Tech officially just threw their hat in the ring as one of the contenders.
So much for Paul Millard as West Virginia’s starting quarterback, or Clint Trickett for that matter.
Dana Holgorsen announced on Thursday night that Ford Childress would take over the offense when the Mountaineers host Georgia State on Saturday. Coming out of fall camp, Childress was relegated to the third string and hasn’t played a down yet this season.
That will change on Saturday. “It’s his time, it’s his job and we’re going to see what he can do. We opened (the competition) up on Tuesday and Ford took it and ran with it. The dude, he’s got all the tools," Holgorsen said.
Millard started the first two games of the season with a mixed bag of results. The most telling stat, however, is the 31 points the Mountaineers have scored in the first two games including just seven against a stingy Oklahoma defense last weekend in Norman.
“I think we’re closer on offense, but I accept full responsibility for seven points. I don’t care who we are playing, it’s embarrassing,” Holgorsen said during his Tuesday press conference.
And hence the quarterback battle was reopened this week with Childress, for now at least, getting his chance to show what he can do. Holgorsen also said he isn’t planning on any kind of quarterback rotation Saturday because he doesn’t want Childress playing afraid of making a mistake.
If Holgorsen was going to make a change, now seems like as good a time as any. West Virginia plays Georgia State (0-2) on Saturday which should be a good confidence booster for whoever was to play quarterback. They then play Maryland in their last nonconference game giving them a chance to find out exactly what they have to work with heading into the meat of the Big 12 schedule.
Childress is a 6’5”, 230 pound quarterback from Houston, Texas. He was part of the Mountaineers 2012 recruiting class and redshirted his first year on campus. His father, Ray, is an 11 year NFL veteran and was named to five Pro Bowls while playing for the Houston Oilers.
So the first installation of the alleged improprieties regarding Oklahoma State’s football program was released on Tuesday by Sports Illustrated.
It’s tough to know what exactly to make of the whole thing. Oklahoma State has already said one of their jobs is to separate fact from fiction and from the outside looking in, that’s nearly impossible to do.
Believe what you will, but one thing that’s apparent after the first installment is that there are plenty of people coming out in support of the Cowboys. Most of those are essentially claiming the whole thing is a crock of you know what.
One of those is Rodrick Johnson who was actually named as a source in the story.
Here are the excerpts from the story that included Johnson.
Linebacker-defensive end Rodrick Johnson (’04-’07) told SI it was openly discussed among teammates that De Forest set rewards of between $100 to $500 for a big play on special teams.
Girtman, Mickens, and Johnson told SI they received bonus payments, and seven other players say they were aware of payouts.
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).
Johnson, one of the few “sources” who never ran into disciplinary trouble while at Oklahoma State, isn’t exactly in agreement with what was written.
Interesting stuff there. It's a bit of he said, she said, but Sports Illustrated has indicated all of their sources included in the piece are on tape so somebody may need to throw the red flag here and ask for some kind of review.
Anyway, there are plenty of others voicing their opinions, some of which have come through journalists who have either talked or heard from the players themselves. Here’s a sampling.
Former running back, Tatum Bell, wasn’t quoted in the article but was said by others to have received payments. The excerpt which included Bell:
Running back Seymore Shaw (’02-’04) says Bell “couldn’t keep his mouth shut. He’d get [money] and he’d hurry up and come and tell me.
This SI piece is a trip. Nobody took money or had as people taking test for them. This is stupid as hell. OSU is like family to me— tatum bell (@tspeedtx) September 10, 2013
Man this article is all the way false. Haha. Said Seymore sawe take money haha. From who? From we're ? He was scrub who not doing nothing— tatum bell (@tspeedtx) September 10, 2013
Folks gonna believe whatever they want. I'm not trying to convince nobody. But I do know while I was in school no one took no extras— tatum bell (@tspeedtx) September 10, 2013
And the list continues.
Former staring center, Ben Buie.
00-04 I never saw anything like this, and the characters that they chose to interview are shady at best. Miles was such a tight ass, no way— Ben Buie (@Blackbellybuie) September 10, 2013
Other false things, the only person passing out per diem was Mack butler, also a tight ass, and you don't get per diem for home games— Ben Buie (@Blackbellybuie) September 10, 2013
$500 handshakes on the walk? Get the hell out of here— Ben Buie (@Blackbellybuie) September 10, 2013
Let it be known, girtman had pornos, playing on a loop in his suburban at all times. This is no lie, ask anyone who knew him in college— Ben Buie (@Blackbellybuie) September 10, 2013
Former running back, Tatum Bell, again.
Tatum Bell just said on @sportsanimal that no one from SI contacted him about the story.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 10, 2013
SI claims in its article that Tatum Bell denied to them he got illicit payments.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 10, 2013
Former defensive end, Jamie Blatnick.
That article should have started off with "once upon a time"— Anton Jamie Blatnick (@JBlatnick) September 10, 2013
I worked for John Talley for 4 years and he is the most honest man I've been blessed to work with, true blue collar hard working Christian— Anton Jamie Blatnick (@JBlatnick) September 10, 2013
Former offensive lineman, Russell Okung.
Former quarterback, Josh Fields.
Just got off the phone with Josh Fields, who flat-out denied allegations that he was paid while playing at Oklahoma State.— Jimmie Tramel (@JimmieTramel) September 10, 2013
Former OSU QB Josh Fields tells @ESPN: "I'm in disbelief. Never had anyone attempt to give me money or saw teammates accept money"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 10, 2013
Former linebacker, Orie Lemon.
I guess some people have went crazy. That article is straight up bullshit.— Orie Lemon (@OrieLemon52) September 10, 2013
My college career I witness none of this.— Orie Lemon (@OrieLemon52) September 10, 2013
Former defensive back, Andrew McGee.
This article is a joke. Come on... Former players who were kicked off the team is a credible source? Good try Sports Illustrated. No respect— Andrew McGee (@Coach_McGee) September 10, 2013
So do these responses mean Oklahoma State is innocent of all the accusations SI threw at them on Tuesday? Of course not.
Most or all of those quoted above have plenty of reasons to defend their alma mater. But no more so than most or all of the sources have reasons to lob grenades at a school where things didn’t always go as they planned.
Part II of the series drops on Wednesday at the same time (8:00 CDT) which will detail alleged academic misconduct at the school.
Until then, enjoy the fun.
For some thoughts about how the investigation came together from those involved at Sports Illistrated, see the video below.
Note: Here's another response from a former player that I missed. This is a link to Kyle Porter's story at Pistolsfiringblog.com who has done a great job covering and discussing the situation.
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