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by Jenni Carlson Modified: October 22, 2009 at 9:35 am •  Published: October 17, 2009
/articleid/3409770/1/pictures/733862">Photo - Lou Holtz is ESPN's "Dr. Lou." AP photo
Lou Holtz is ESPN's "Dr. Lou." AP photo
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JC: One quick question about the other big school in our state, Oklahoma State. What’s your feeling about Dez Bryant and the wide receiver’s suspension?

LH: First of all, I think he’s a great football player. Punt returner. Wide receiver. I thought he was the best receiver coming back this year. But you always get in trouble when you don’t do the right thing. My goodness gracious, how difficult is it to be honest? I hope he learns a lesson; just do the right thing. Do the right thing, and tell the truth. That would be a new experience for some youngsters today.

JC: Last thing, you continue to be a spokesman for the AllState American Football Coaches Association's Good Works Team. Why is that so important to you?

LH: After coaching all these years, you have one individual make a bad decision and it becomes a national story. Then again, you have so many athletes ... who do so many wonderful things and you never read about them. There are 22 of them, but we had more nominations this year than ever before.

JC: So much is demanded of student-athletes. When you were coaching, did you set aside time for players to do community service? And would something like that be even tougher now as the demands on players rise?

LH: I think it’s probably a little more difficult today because you have all the video games and the texting and everything else that people spend time on. (Laughs.) We didn’t have that. I always had the football team involved in community activities. My first year at South Carolina, I had our team involved in a clean-up program, cleaning up the highways. Now, in those days, there wasn’t a limit on how much you could practice. But I think it goes back to understanding that you have obligations and responsibilities to other people.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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