It’s been interesting to gauge the reaction to Sports Illustrated’s report of alleged improprieties over the course of eleven years in the Oklahoma State football program. ESPN’s Jason Whitlock went so far as to wonder whether Thayer Evans, a co-author of the report, could actually spell the word cat. Evans is an Oklahoma native who went to OU, so you can imagine how the battle lines are being drawn. This is going to be an interesting week.
Timing is everything---
Upon first blush the SI expose appears to be a well-researched, well-sourced report , but the timing is a little odd for me. If they wanted to do a story, as they’ve stated, on a football program that went from irrelevant to national prominence—they might have done better than Oklahoma State. From 2001, when Les Miles took over, through Mike Gundy’s fifth season in 2009 the Cowboys went an average of 7-5; during that stretch they never won more than nine games in a season. That changed over the last two years of the 11 seasons in question by SI when they went 11-2 and 12-1, but they backed up to 8-5 last season. Still, OSU has but one Big 12 Championship and one BCS berth to its credit during those years, a nice resume but hardly Alabama or LSU or even OU, for that matter.