Berry Tramel: Sports Illustrated should have pointed out most accusers left OSU

NewsOK Sports Editor Mike Sherman and his team chatted with readers Wednesday about the second installment of a Sports Illustrated report that claims several OSU football players, from 2001 to 2011, received payment for performance and no-show jobs.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: September 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm •  Published: September 11, 2013
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photo -  OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State's Eric Davis lines up during an OSU spring football practice in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State's Eric Davis lines up during an OSU spring football practice in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

If The Oklahoman had done this series, how would it have handled it differently? What would you have added? What would have been edited out?

Berry Tramel - Oh heck, that's quite a question. For one thing, I think it needed to be pointed out that most of these guys left OSU for one problem or another. Also, point out the guys that didn't -- Fath' Carter, Daniel McLemore, etc.

Is there any evidence out there that OSU could possibly get a major violation?

Berry Tramel - I think right now, OSU is in good shape with the NCAA. We'll see the rest of the week.

If the NCAA gets involved what do you think they will investigate first and foremost?

Berry Tramel - After two parts, I'd say Joe DeForest. I don't think there's any doubt about it.

What part do you see being the most damaging?

Berry Tramel - The idea that OSU, and perhaps Gundy, fostered a drug culture. That is very disconcerting.

Do you really think a coach was blatantly handing out cash in front of all the players and no one said anything about it until now?

Jenni Carlson - I can't say if that was happening. Every player that I've talked to said that it didn't, and I've talked to guys who were among the best on the teams they were on. Greg Richmond. Corey Hilliard. Charlie Johnson. Those guys were all-conference caliber guys. They say they never got anything. All I can go on is what I hear from them.

Do you think not interviewing Marilyn Middlebrook is a little suspect? Do you think SI avoided this to keep the investigation under wraps from OSU?

Jenni Carlson - To your first question: that was surprising to me. If I think academics as they related to OSU athletics, the first person I think of is Marilyn. A high-ranking OSU official told me today that SI didn't speak to her or ask to speak to her. Odd. 

To your second question: it's my understanding that SI didn't talk to Terry Henley until last week, so it wasn't like they were trying to go around behind Marilyn's back before they talked to him.

If you are a big name at OSU, why would you ever admit that you received benefits?

Jenni Carlson - A valid point. Those guys, though, are staking their credibility on what they say. And if you're a guy who's in the NFL, for example, you could conceivably have a lot more to lose if it's proven you lied. A guy who's kicking around his hometown, living with his mom might not have as much to lose.

Why are there no professors named in today's articles, or the classes where they got these easy A's?

Jenni Carlson - I would've liked to have seen more detail about who the professors were and what the classes were. Seems like info that would've been attainable, even if guys didn't remember. Get a transcript. Figure it out from there.

Read the complete chat transcript here.

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