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OSU football: OSU cheer squad member will be disciplined after Bedlam gaffe

Jarid Atkinson apologetic after extending his foot onto the playing field as Oklahoma's Eric Striker ran by celebrating his game-ending touchdown. The act has become a hot topic on social media, where comments and video of Atkinson have gone viral.
by John Helsley Published: December 9, 2013

Jarid Atkinson had his Mike Tomlin moment Saturday.

Atkinson, a member of the Oklahoma State cheer squad, wasn't enjoying a Super Bowl win, but rather was caught on tape extending a foot onto the playing field at Boone Pickens Stadium, as Oklahoma's Eric Striker ran by celebrating his game-ending touchdown in a 33-24 Bedlam win.

The act has become a hot topic on social media, where comments and video of Atkinson extending his left foot have gone viral.

It was reminiscent of Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, who stepped onto the field and impeded a Baltimore Ravens kickoff returner, except Atkinson's move came when the play — and the game — was over.

Atkinson told OSU deputy athletic director Dave Martin that he wasn't actually trying to trip Striker, but that he was instead playfully sticking his foot out in a mocking manner. And he didn't make contract with Striker, who ran past the cheerleader untouched in the back of the end zone.

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Still, Martin said Atkinson will be disciplined and added that the moment should be considered a learning experience going forward.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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