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Gina Mizell: Sports Illustrated reports not a distraction for current OSU team

NewsOK Sports Editor Mike Sherman and his team chatted with readers Thursday about the Sports Illustrated reports that claim several OSU football players received payment for performance and no-show jobs, participated in academic misconduct and used drugs.

by Jenni Carlson Modified: September 12, 2013 at 2:22 pm •  Published: September 12, 2013
Former OSU player Thomas Wright, pictured at left, told Sports Illustrated that booster John Talley grossly overpaid him for jobs or paid him for jobs he didn't do. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Former OSU player Thomas Wright, pictured at left, told Sports Illustrated that booster John Talley grossly overpaid him for jobs or paid him for jobs he didn't do. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO

Will this be the end of Gundy?

Jenni Carlson - Meaning will he get fired because of this investigation? I sure don't think so. Do I think OSU is going to take a long, hard look at itself? Yes. But Gundy's head will not roll, at least not over what we've seen so far.

Do you think any of this will make the NCAA want to look behind the scenes at Miles and his current state of the program at LSU? 

Jenni Carlson - I suspect the NCAA might be a little more interested in Les now than it was this time last week.

Do you think of these stories will affect recruiting for OSU?

Jenni Carlson - I suppose it could. Parents may wonder if it's a good idea to send their kids to OSU after these stories. But I suspect there are all sorts of programs that you could say that about. From what I've heard, no recruits currently committed to OSU have backed out.

Does the university have a duty to all of its students to provide resources such as counseling and rehab? Does the athletic department have a higher duty to provide those to athletes?

Jenni Carlson - The university at large isn't testing students, to my knowledge, so I don't believe the school has any obligation to provide non-athletes with counseling or rehab.

The athletic department is motivated to provide those services, in part, because they want athletes to get off the stuff, stop testing positive and not get kicked off the team.

Read the complete chat transcript here.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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