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Oklahoma State football: Larry Mahsetky gets the star treatment by OSU supporters

Even though Mahsetky knew his story was going to be published in The Oklahoman, he never quite expected the aftermath it would bring.
by Kyle Fredrickson Published: August 18, 2014

Larry Mahsetky went to buy a few newspapers from a grocery store the morning of Aug. 1 and was greeted with two surprises.

First, by a large color photo of Mahsetky and his mother on the front page of the sports section.

Second, by a customer in the store with a question. Are you Larry Mahsetky?

“I’ve signed a few autographs, believe it or not,” Mahsetky laughed. “For young and old.”

A quick refresher: Mahsetky was that former “1990s-era” Oklahoma State football player whose recent graduation lifted an NCAA penalty against the Cowboy football program. Because he chose to go back to school and graduate more than 20 years after he first stepped on campus, OSU received a previously penalized two hours of practice time each week.

Even though Mahsetky knew his story was going to be published in The Oklahoman, he never quite expected the aftermath it would bring. And it all started when he saw his own face looking back up at him in that Friday’s edition.

“My mom and I were blown away that we were on the cover of the sports page,” Mahsetky said.

Since the story was unveiled, Mahsetky said old football friends have contacted him and offered their appreciation. He’s had multiple interview requests from a number of different media organizations. His story was retold by ESPN, Yahoo, CBS, NBC and others.

“I think one of the coolest things was that I was on,” Mahsetky said. “I always dreamed of being in the NFL.”

Mahsetky said he’s been recognized in public a few times. A couple of those OSU fans even asked for a signature near his smiling face on print copies of the story. But his favorite moment from the APR-aftershock took place Saturday.

Coach Mike Gundy invited him to practice.

“I think some of the first words out of his mouth were, ‘You did it!’” Mahsetky said.

When Mahsetky first spoke with the OSU compliance office in July to confirm he was the player in question, he said department director Kevin Fite relayed a message from Gundy that he wanted Mahsetky as a practice visitor.

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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