Oklahoma State needs to recruit players with better judgment, or put the policies in place to deal with them

Gundy and Co. have a decision to make. Quit recruiting numskulls, or be prepared to deal with them in a better way. State did not have a strong drug policy nor a strong drug counseling program. You need to have both. You have to have one, else you'll be left with the mess the Cowboys currently endure.
by Berry Tramel Published: September 12, 2013

We've finally answered the question that's been on the minds of OSU fans for days. Why did Sports Illustrated come after the Cowboys?

Because first Les Miles and then Mike Gundy recruited a bunch of dumbasses.

What else to surmise after the third installment Thursday, this one on what SI calls a long-standing drug culture within the Cowboy football program?

And there's not much to argue about on this one. Forget SI's claim. Gundy's own actions, dismissing more than 15 Cowboys in recent years for what obviously were failed drug tests, spotlight the problem.

That's what knuckleheads do. They smoke marijuana. They skip class. They get kicked off the team. They start babbling when Sports Illustrated knocks on their door.

Doesn't mean everything they say is a lie, though holes in their testimony are starting to appear and the PR battleship is starting to turn OSU's way and might not turn back, unless the sex segment trumps the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Not bloody likely.

Just means they're goofballs. And OSU itself let the foxes in the henhouse.

Defensive end William Bell told Sports Illustrated he was a “borderline pothead” when he arrived as a freshman in 2004. Everyone wants to question SI's credibility, but this stuff, you can't make up.

So Gundy and Co. have a decision to make. Quit recruiting numskulls, or be prepared to deal with them in a better way.

Which leads us to installment three and the much more damning of OSU than the money and the academic parts. The reason?

State did not have a strong drug policy nor a strong drug counseling program. You need to have both. You have to have one, else you'll be left with the mess the Cowboys currently endure.

OSU's four-strikes policy is weak. That needs to change.

And the hiring of Joel Tudman as drug counselor, when he wasn't really anything more than a strength coach and spiritual adviser, is not a sign of seriousness. And that's not even factoring in Tudman's falsified biography.

Tudman does not have a master's degree in counseling, as he purported, and is not a licensed drug counselor. This work needs to be left with professionals.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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