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Some OSU fans forgive Hart Lee Dykes — and some do not

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Published: April 24, 2011
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STILLWATER — Oklahoma State fans have different opinions about Hart Lee Dykes' legacy with the football program.

Questions about Dykes' legacy arose after he told the Tulsa World his days as an All-American receiver for the Cowboys have been overlooked by OSU due to his involvement in NCAA investigation, which eventually led to a three-year postseason ban for the program.

Nobody questions Dykes' on-the-field performance.

But many Cowboy fans still object to his off-the-field mistakes.

“I don't think most fans will forget that,” said Ryan Aaron of Oklahoma City.

And some would like to see the former receiver apologize for his role in getting OSU sanctioned by the NCAA. He reportedly received immunity that allowed him to keep playing while participating in the investigation that put the Pokes on probation.

“It would go along way for OSU fans to hear Hart Lee apologize and ask forgiveness,” said Brian Flournoy of Tulsa. “Be sincere and apologize, and with time the OSU family will accept him.  No doubt. Everyone makes mistakes, especially an 18-year-old kid.”

“He deserves to be recognized for his athletic achievements, as he may very well be the best receiver OSU has ever seen. However, until he decides to man up to his past transgressions and apologize to OSU publicly, his legacy will forever be tarnished.”

An email poll of Cowboy fans proved how polarizing the debate can be.

Many fans wondered what type of recognition Dykes was looking for, and several expressed concern about officially recognizing a player who is partly remembered for taking money during the recruiting process.

“I'm not sure what he thinks he deserves now,” said Mac McCrory of Oklahoma City. “If he wants fame, he should write a tell-all book.  Otherwise, quit whining.”

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