Part 3 of Sports Illustrated's partially released investigation into the culture of Oklahoma State football claims widespread marijuana use from Cowboy players throughout the Les Miles and Mike Gundy eras.
Thirty former OSU players, who were in Stillwater between 2000 and 2011, told the magazine that they used the recreational drug while on the team, with some claiming the program's lax drug policy allowed them to continue without much consequence.
William Bell, a defensive end who arrived on campus in 2004, told the magazine that he began selling marijuana to players and selling methamphetamines to students who were not athletes.
Bell and Thomas Wright, a defensive back who played at OSU between 2002-04, also told the magazine that they smoked marijuana with teammates before games, especially before they played lesser opponents. A few others claimed that players would occasionally use cocaine, as well.
The report also quotes an unidentified Stillwater law enforcement officer, who claimed Les Miles told him “What do you want me to do?” when they would call to ask about what they should do with players that have drug problems.
“I backed the police 100% and did support law enforcement by asking what I could do to provide assistance,” Miles said as part of a statement to the magazine.
The report also delves into the background of Joel Tudman, who serves as the drug counselor for the program.
The report alleges that Tudman has no formal training in drug counseling and his bio on the website, which indicates he has a “double masters in health and counseling” is inaccurate. SI claims that he only has a single master's degree in Health Promotions and Counseling.
This report was the third in a five-part series, with the first two parts, released Tuesday and Wednesday, alleging widespread payment of players (using a bonus system and scam jobs) and academic fraud throughout the program.
Parts 4 (“Sex”) and 5 (“Fallout”) are scheduled for release on Friday and next Tuesday morning, respectively.
Here's a synopsis, from SI, on the remaining pair of reports:
* Part 4: Sex (Friday morning): OSU's hostess program, Orange Pride, figured so prominently in the recruitment of prospects that the group more than tripled in size under previous head coach Les Miles. Both Miles and Mike Gundy, then an assistant coach, took the unusual step of personally interviewing candidates. Multiple former players and Orange Pride members say that a small subset of the group had sex with recruits, a violation of NCAA rules.
* Part 5: The Fallout (next Tuesday morning): SI finds that many players who were no longer useful to the football program were cast aside, returning to worlds they had hoped to escape. Some have been incarcerated, others live on the streets, many have battled drug abuse and a few have attempted suicide.