Part 2 of a partially released Sports Illustrated report on the culture of Oklahoma State football claims widespread academic fraud in both the Les Miles and Mike Gundy era.
The magazine reports that 13 players between 2001 and 2011 told them that “they participated in some form of academic misconduct” and 16 others were named as having schoolwork done for them by tutors or others.
The report claims that once Les Miles took over in 2001, academics played a clear second-fiddle to football.
Sometimes, Doug Bond, an OSU offensive lineman from 2002 to 2004, alleged that Miles, when talking to the team, would say “Academics first,” while putting up two fingers, and “Football second,” while putting up one.
“You heard his words but you saw what he was doing," Bond told the magazine. "So the thought process was that you're going to school just so you can play football."
In the report, it is alleged that Dez Bryant, the All-American receiver who now plays for the Dallas Cowboys, was one of many who had tutors do a majority of his schoolwork. Bryant denied the allegations to Sports Illustrated.
Among those who told the magazine they participated in academic misconduct include Thomas Wright (defensive back, 2002-04) Larry Brown (defensive tackle, 2005-06), safety Chris Massey (1999-2002), Artrell Woods (wide receiver, 2006-08) and Herschel Sims (running back, 2011).
These players also told SI they saw other players participating in this misconduct, including Tatum Bell (running back, 2000-03), Josh Fields (quarterback, 2001-03) and Kevin Williams (defensive tackle, 1998-2002).
Other allegations in the report include players alleging that professors at the school would give them passing grades in classes they either did not attend or did little to no work in for the entire semester.See OSU's response to the series Read the second story on Sports Illustrated