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OSU/Sports Illustrated: Background on the people mentioned in Part III and their role in the story

by Michael Baldwin Modified: September 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm •  Published: September 12, 2013

SI reference: One of the more outspoken players quoted in Part I on players allegedly receiving payments, Girtman's only reference in Part III is he admitted to smoking marijuana while on the football team. Girtman also is one of the players Thomas Wright mentioned who were permitted to continue to use marijuana in 2003 without penalty if they attended “Weed Circle” counseling sessions.

 

Rob Glass: Highly respected assistant athletic director for speed, strength and conditioning, Glass is an OSU alum. Glass is praised by players and coaches for helping the Cowboys annually field one of the best conditioned teams in the country.

SI reference: Doug Bond, a former offensive lineman who was dismissed from the team in 2005, said Glass once told him, “Why don't you work out, then go hit your bong.” Glass is quoted in the article that he doesn't remember making that comment.

 

Rodrick Johnson: LB/DE from Galveston, Texas, Johnson played four seasons, recording 220 career tackles for the Cowboys from 2004-07.

SI reference: Johnson said Les Miles couldn't care less what a player did off the field as long as players performed on the field.

 

Victor Johnson: The safety played at OSU from 2008-10. He appeared in 16 games with the Cowboys. Maligned with legal or injury issues, Johnson transferred to Northeastern State in Tahlequah.

SI reference: Johnson admitted to smoking marijuana with teammates.

 

Cjijuan Mack: A talented wide receiver, Mack suffered a major knee injury and was never a major factor. Gundy announced in fall 2006 Mack was no longer with the team but didn't provide details.

SI reference: Mack said drug counseling groups were “like a brotherhood.”

 

Chris Massey: Signed during the Bob Simmons era, Massey was a safety/elite return man from Spiro. Massey led the nation in kickoff returns in 2001 and was a three-year starter at cornerback and safety.

SI reference: Massey said teammates sold drugs at least one season he was in the football program.

 

Isaac McCoy: A wide receiver from Alma, Ark., McCoy played at OSU in 2011. He didn't appear in a game and left the team.

SI reference: McCoy admitted to smoking marijuana while on the football team.

 

Andrew McGill: A backup QB in coach Bob Simmons' final season, on the roster in Miles' first season, McGill transferred to Bethune-Cookman College.

SI reference: McGill said an increase in drug use coincided with Miles' arrival, although SI reported players said marijuana use existed in the Simmons era. McGill admitted to smoking marijuana while on the football team.

 

Calvin Mickens: A cornerback from Beaumont, Texas, Mickens recorded 51 tackles from 2005-07. Mickens was dismissed from the team late in the 2007 season for violation of team rules.

SI reference: Outspoken in Part I on payouts, Mickens' only major reference in Part III is when he refers to a “Weed Circle” counseling session. Mickens said trainers would tell players their TSH (marijuana tests) results were going down but the stars' drug usage was covered up.

 

Les Miles: Miles is in his ninth year as LSU's head coach after he compiled a 28-21 record in four seasons at OSU (2001-04).

SI reference: The article states Stillwater police informed Miles of drug issues on the team and he reportedly responded: “What do you want me to do?” Miles in the article said he backed law enforcement 100 percent, asking them what he could do to provide assistance. Roderick Johnson said Miles couldn't care less what players did off the field if they produced on the field.

 

Richard Murphy: A defensive lineman from DeSoto, Texas, Murphy played at OSU the final season under Simmons and the first season of the Miles era.

SI reference: Murphy admitted to smoking marijuana while on the football team.

 

Dexter Pratt: A headliner RB in the 2009 class, Pratt redshirted and never played, leaving after one season.

SI reference: Pratt admitted to smoking marijuana while on the football team.

 

Marcus Richardson: OSU officials announced the redshirt freshman linebacker was no longer with the team in May 2008. No reasons were given.

SI reference: Richardson admitted to smoking marijuana while on the football team.

 

Seymore Shaw: The Shawnee RB committed to OU but signed with OSU as a Prop 48 player. Shaw rushed for 1,238 yards, 9 TDs in three seasons (2002-04). After Shaw was suspended indefinitely, he transferred to UCO.

SI reference: Quoted frequently in Part I on alleged payments, Shaw's only mention in Part III is he admitted to smoking marijuana while on the football team.

 

Herschel Sims: A highly touted RB from Abilene, Texas, Sims was dismissed for violation of team rules in 2012, shortly before being charged with two felony counts of second-degree forgery. He transferred to Lamar and eventually pleaded guilty.

SI reference: Sims claimed that 15 to 20 people that played in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl would have tested positive for marijuana and would have been suspended if tested. In the article, OSU officials are quoted 18 of 100 players randomly are selected to be tested and one player was suspended.

 

Walter Thomas: A mammoth DT from Galveston, Texas, Thomas played in 11 games as a true freshmen but recorded only nine tackles. He was dismissed from the team in fall 2007 for violation of team rules.

SI reference: Thomas admitted to smoking marijuana while on the football team.

 

Javius Townsend: An offensive lineman from Dallas Madison, Townsend redshirted in 2010 and is no longer with the program.

SI reference: Townsend admitted to smoking marijuana while on the football team.

 

Joel Tudman: OSU's assistant strength and conditioning coach also serves as the team chaplain and has served as a counselor, including sessions with players dealing with drug issues.

SI reference: The article cites several examples why Tudman is not qualified to be the head drug counselor for a football program because he lacks a degree geared toward counseling. Tudman told SI that in 2008 he began taking continuing education classes to become a licensed chemical dependency counselor.

 

Kevin White: A LB from DeSoto, Texas, White recorded three tackles in 10 games as a freshman. Early in the 2006 season, Mike Gundy announced White had been dismissed for violation of team rules.

SI reference: White admitted to smoking marijuana with teammates.

 

Darrent Williams: One of the top defensive players during the Miles era, a second-round draft pick by the Denver Broncos, Williams was murdered on Jan. 1, 2007 outside a nightclub.

SI reference: Thomas Wright claimed in 2003 star players like Darrent Williams were permitted to continue to use marijuana without penalty if they attended “Weed Circle” counseling sessions.

 

Donnell Williams: A linebacker, Williams was dismissed from the team for violating team rules early in his true freshman season in 2006.

SI reference: Williams said in 2006 “drugs were everywhere” but denied ever using.

 

Artrell Woods: Wide receiver from Bryan, Texas, recorded only two catches his one season at OSU. Following a weightlifting accident that injured his spine, Woods rehabbed to return at OSU but later transferred to UCO.

SI reference: Woods' only mention in Part III is he admitted to smoking marijuana and he knew teammates smoked marijuana before practices and/or games.

 

Thomas Wright: A safety from Sweeny, Texas, Wright recorded 52 tackles in three seasons at OSU (2002-04). He was dismissed from the team in spring 2005 for violation of team policy.

SI reference: In addition to saying he smoked marijuana with teammates before practice and/or games, Wright said he snorted cocaine after a 55-20 win over Kansas his freshman year, adding: “Everybody was doing it.”

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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