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

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, Published: April 24, 2011

Said Rod Kelly of Spring, Texas: “I don't think it's in OSU's best interest to promote or recognize someone who blatantly broke the rules, caused the program to go on probation, and his only excuse today is that he was young when he did it and anybody in his shoes would have done the same...  Actions have consequences, and he made many bad decisions that he now has to live with.”

Others are ready to forget Dykes' transgressions and give him any recognition that's deserved.

“I never put the blame on Hart Lee,” said Mike Shaw of Edmond. “I put the blame on the coaching staff and boosters for what happened to OSU.”

Regardless, the majority of the OSU fans polled did express deep appreciation of Dykes' excellence during his time in a Cowboy uniform.

“Based on his play, he deserves to be recognized,” Aaron said. “He was the standard at WR for us for years.”

Said Kelly: “Hart Lee's statistics speak for themselves as one of the, if not the, best WR in Big 8 history.”

OSU athletic director Mike Holder agrees.

“He was one of the greatest players we've ever had. He's right there with Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas,” Holder said. “He set the standard for wide receiver play at Oklahoma State.”

Asked if Dykes could be honored in the future, Holder said:

“I don't see why we wouldn't.”

Maybe the best idea is a suggestion from Jeff Jones of Broken Arrow:

“If I am (OSU coach) Mike Gundy, I give him an open invitation to be as involved as he wants to be.”