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Oklahoma State football notebook: Lawsuit against SI for 'The Dirty Game' moves forward

Two of the three defendants in the case, Time Inc. and reporter George Dohrmann, responded to summons for the lawsuit. The third party, reporter Thayer Evans, has yet to respond, according to online court records.
by Kyle Fredrickson Modified: August 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm •  Published: August 14, 2014

A small amount of progress was made this week in the initial stages of a lawsuit filed against Sports Illustrated magazine for its 2013 investigative series into the Oklahoma State football program.

Two of the three defendants in the case, Time Inc. and reporter George Dohrmann, responded to summons for the lawsuit. The third party, reporter Thayer Evans, has yet to respond, according to online court records.

The defendants also filed a notice of removal Tuesday to have the case moved from Payne County District Court to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, according to online court records.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit, John Talley, said claims made against him in the magazine’s September 2013 five-part series called “The Dirty Game” were false, “lacked factual basis and were printed and published with actual malice.”

Talley, an Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative, was reported in the series to have overpaid former OSU football players for jobs they did or did not do. The lawsuit states Talley is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

PERSONELL DISCUSSIONS TO TAKE PLACE SATURDAY

The depth chart for a number of roster spots on the OSU defense might become more locked in over the next few days.

Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer was asked about how position battles were shaping up after the Cowboys wrapped up another fall practice Thursday morning.

“Obviously, we’ve got some returning guys who are having good camps, but I’d rather not name anybody now,” Spencer said. “We’ve got some good battles for some positions. We’ll have a long personnel discussion after Saturday’s scrimmage and set some things up.”

The spots most up for grabs are likely at linebacker and safety.

Ryan Simmons is projected to start at middle linebacker this season, and sophomores Demarcus Sherrod and Seth Jacobs are expected to be regular contributors. But behind them, there are a number of players battling for position — including junior-college transfer Devante Averette, senior Michigan-transfer Josh Furman and freshman Gyasi Akem.

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com 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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