Sports Illustrated: Marijuana use widespread at OSU during Les Miles, Mike Gundy eras

Staff Reports Published: September 12, 2013

Part 3 of Sports Illustrated's partially released investigation into the culture of Oklahoma State football claims widespread marijuana use from Cowboy players throughout the Les Miles and Mike Gundy eras.

Thirty former OSU players, who were in Stillwater between 2000 and 2011, told the magazine that they used the recreational drug while on the team, with some claiming the program's lax drug policy allowed them to continue without much consequence.

Here's a link to the story.

William Bell, a defensive end who arrived on campus in 2004, told the magazine that he began selling marijuana to players and selling methamphetamines to students who were not athletes.

Bell and Thomas Wright, a defensive back who played at OSU between 2002-04, also told the magazine that they smoked marijuana with teammates before games, especially before they played lesser opponents. A few others claimed that players would occasionally use cocaine, as well.

The report also quotes an unidentified Stillwater law enforcement officer, who claimed Les Miles told him “What do you want me to do?” when they would call to ask about what they should do with players that have drug problems.

“I backed the police 100% and did support law enforcement by asking what I could do to provide assistance,” Miles said as part of a statement to the magazine.

The report also delves into the background of Joel Tudman, who serves as the drug counselor for the program.

Ongoing coverage: OSU Investigation Read Part 3/Drugs in the Sports Illustrated series


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