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Keeping OSU's Justin Blackmon from talking to media is a sound policy

Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon hasn't talked to the media since Oct. 27, a day after he was arrested on a DUI complaint in Dallas. But columnist Jenni Carlson gets the media ban. She doesn't like it, but she gets it.
BY JENNI CARLSON Modified: November 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm •  Published: November 19, 2010

But what happens to the interview ban when Blackmon becomes a finalist for a bunch of these national awards? The Biletnikoff? The Walter Camp? The Heisman?

It could happen.

He's leading the nation in every major receiving category. He's had at least 100 yards receiving in every game he's played this season. He's only 242 yards shy of the national record for receiving yards by a sophomore. Blackmon could get that in the first half today at Kansas.

The guy he's chasing?

Larry Fitzgerald.

The former Pitt standout was the last wideout invited to the Heisman ceremony, finishing second to Oklahoma quarterback Jason White in 2003.

Blackmon has a legit shot at being invited to the Heisman ceremony this year. What happens to the media ban if he is? Heck, even if he doesn't end up going to New York, he'll certainly head to Orlando for the college football awards show.

Mike Gundy has said the media ban will end if Blackmon is a finalist any national awards. The Cowboy coach has also said the local media covering the team — and providing you, the fans, the bulk of what you read and hear about your team — will get to talk with Blackmon before the national media.

It's more sound policy.

At that point, Blackmon's arrest will be almost two months past. The punishment will have fit the crime.

Would it be great if he would do interviews before then? Sure. But just because I dislike the Blackmon ban doesn't mean I disagree with it.


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