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September 10, 2013

Sports Illustrated details Oklahoma State football improprieties

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STILLWATER, Okla. —

But, it added, more troubling was the human cost of the improprieties at Oklahoma State. SI said its investigation developed a portrait of a school exploiting ill-prepared student athletes who had big-time football skills, and then discarding them if those skills didn’t produce a winning result.

“Over the past decade an astonishingly large cohort of OSU players never earned a college degree, lasting only a season or two, their scholarships revoked after they were injured, arrested or simply deemed unable to contribute,” the magazine said.

“Once the perks ended and they were discarded, some former Cowboys turned to drugs and crime, and a few attempted or contemplated suicide. As one former OSU assistant says of the players, ‘The sad part is when (the coaches were) done, they threw them away.’”

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