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OSU/Sports Illustrated: Background on the people mentioned in Part III and their role in the story

by Michael Baldwin Modified: September 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm •  Published: September 12, 2013

Sports Illustrated's investigative series on Oklahoma State concentrated on drug issues in Part III of a five-part series. Background on the people mentioned in Part III and their role in the story:

Andrew Alexander: A DB/return specialist from Lawton, Alexander was at OSU in 2003-04. After redshirting, Alexander was with the team only one more season. He was dismissed before the 2005 spring game for violation of team rules.

SI reference: Alexander said in 2003 he saw several teammates smoke marijuana but declined to use. However, a year later Alexander said he smoked marijuana daily and “partied sunup to sundown.”

 

Eric Allen: A wide receiver from Colorado, Allen redshirted in 2003. He didn't catch a pass in 2004 and transferred to Montana.

SI reference: Allen said teammates sold drugs at least one season he was in the football program. Allen also admitted to smoking marijuana while on the team.

 

Gerron Anthony: Offensive lineman was with the program in 2010 and 2011. After a redshirt season, he played briefly his second year but injuries ended his career. He remained in school through 2012. Anthony later was arrested in Stillwater for possession of marijuana.

SI reference: Anthony said he knew teammates that smoked marijuana before practices and/or games and also said teammates sold drugs.

 

Tatum Bell: Running back from DeSoto, Texas, rushed for 3,409 yards from 2000-03.

SI reference: Thomas Wright claimed in 2003 star players like Tatum Bell were permitted to continue to use marijuana without penalty if they attended “Weed Circle” counseling sessions.

 

William Bell: The defensive end from Belton, Texas, redshirted in 2004 and was dismissed the following spring for violation of team rules.

SI reference: Bell said he was a “borderline pothead” when he arrived at OSU. Later in his career he said he would drive home to Belton, Texas, and bring back marijuana, charging $10 a blunt and $30 a quarter ounce. He claimed he made $300 to $400 a week selling marijuana to teammates. Bell said he also sold methamphetamines to students not in the football program.

 

Doug Bond: The offensive lineman from South Grand Prairie (Texas) was projected to be a starter in 2005 but was dismissed that May for violation of team rules.

SI reference: Bond said a uniformed teammate drank bleach in an attempt to mask marijuana before taking a drug test. Bond, who admitted in the article he and other teammates smoked marijuana before practices and/or games, said strength coach Rob Glass once told him, “Why don't you work out, then go hit your bong?”

 

Bo Bowling: The former QB from Tonkawa played his final two seasons as a wide receiver, compiling 52 receptions. Off the field, Bowling was arrested in 2009 after police found 108.6 grams of marijuana and other drugs in his residence. OSU suspended Bowling for one season. He plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession, served 15 days in jail, received counseling and performed community service. The following year Bowling was readmitted to the football team. He made a key contribution his senior year (42 receptions).

SI reference: Giving great detail about Bowling's drug arrest in 2009, SI used Bowling as an example the magazine contends showed favoritism to players with positive drug tests if they produced in games.

 

Jeremy Broadway: A wide receiver from Houston, Broadway caught 17 passes during his three-year career. He was temporarily suspended from the team in November 2007 and then dismissed the following month for violation of team rules.

SI reference: Broadway admitted to smoking marijuana while on the football team.

 

Larry Brown: A defensive tackle, Brown was a junior-college transfer who played a key role in 2004 and 2005. The two-year starter posted 10.5 career tackles for loss.

SI reference: Brown said he witnessed teammates snort cocaine.

William Cole: A wide receiver from Cedar Hill, Texas, Cole played at OSU from 2007-08. A premier athlete, Cole was trying to adapt to receiver. His redshirt freshman year, he had only two catches but was projected to compete for the opening opposite Dez Bryant. Cole tore his ACL in August and was dismissed before the Holiday Bowl for violating team rules.

SI reference: Cole admitted to smoking marijuana with teammates.

 

Ricky Coxeff: The cornerback from Houston North Shore played in 15 games for OSU in 2003-04. Facing a lengthy suspension for a violation of team rules, Coxeff left the team after his redshirt sophomore season.

SI reference: Coxeff admitted to smoking marijuana while on the football team.

 

Jonathan Cruz: An offensive lineman, Cruz was on the roster in 2002 but became academically ineligible.

SI reference: Cruz said in 2002 if a player produced, things (drug use) were overlooked. (Side note: Cruz said in a lengthy story with the O'Colly on Thursday that SI writer Thayer Evans constantly pushed for interviews, misled what he was writing about and didn't print any positive comments he made about Gundy and the program).

 

Damian Davis: A wide receiver who played at OSU from 2007-08. The Cowboys' third leading receiver in 2008, Davis was dismissed for violating team rules. He was allowed to return as a non-scholarship player but never played in another game.

SI reference: Davis admitted to smoking marijuana while on the football team.

 

Ahmed Denson: A linebacker, Denson played in 2000 in Bob Simmons' final season. He was enrolled at OSU during the 2000-01 school year but never qualified academically.

SI reference: Denson admitted to smoking marijuana while on the football team in the Simmons era.

 

Victor DeGrate: The defensive end from DeSoto, Texas, was a three-year starter, recording 197 tackles from 2003-06.

SI reference: Thomas Wright claimed in 2003 star players like DeGrate were permitted to continue to use marijuana without penalty if they attended “Weed Circle” counseling sessions. DeGrate reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana while on the football team.

 

LeRon Furr: A linebacker from Columbus, Ga., Furr played at OSU in 2009-10. Chronic injures ended his career after his redshirt freshman season.

SI reference: Furr said football staff members joked about marijuana use. Furr also admitted to smoking marijuana with teammates.

 

Brad Girtman: Defensive tackle from Houston Memorial played one season, starting three games. Academic issues officially ended his career, but a throat-slashing gesture threatened his status even if he had remained at OSU.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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