Sports Illustrated's Massive Okie State Investigation Reveals that Dez Bryant Was Not a Very Good Student

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Sports Illustrated is now on day two of its five-day rollout of its breathless investigation of the Oklahoma State University football program.

Dez Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver who played two seasons at OSU, was not mentioned in the first installment, which focuses on cash that boosters and coaches allegedly doled out to players. And we won't know until Thursday and Friday, respectively, whether he is accused of illegal drug use or partaking of the sex that was offered to entice recruits.

Bryant is, however, a starring member in today's segment, which reports widespread academic fraud.

SI's biggest Bryant-related revelation is that he was named one of the Big 12 conference's academic all-stars in 2008. Nothing he has said or done since becoming a Dallas Cowboy would lead anyone to peg him as a scholar. Even at the time, his teammates remarked at the absurdity of the honor.

"You didn't have no choice but to laugh at it," Victor Johnson, an OSU safety from 2008 to '10, told SI.

The rest of the story presented by the magazine is less than embarassing:

According to Johnson and one of the former assistant coaches, it was well known that Bryant would not go to class unless shepherded, often by a football staff member, and that tutors did a majority of his coursework. "He just wasn't supposed to be there. There's no way he could do the college work," said the former assistant coach. "Once he got there, he was connected with the people that would help him." Calvin Mickens, a cornerback from 2005 to '07, says he also saw tutors do coursework for Bryant.

Bryant, now with the Dallas Cowboys, denies that he had work done for him and declined further comment.

Had those revelations emerged at the time, back before Bryant was ruled ineligible in 2010 for an unrelated rules violation, he no doubt would have suffered severe consequences. Now that he's escaped from under the thumb of the NCAA and into the real world, where no one cares what Bryant may or may not have done in college, and where no one is particularly shocked that a high-profile athlete is allowed to skate through college on the backs of tutors and athletic staff, he's in the clear.


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Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

HA HA Suckers - College football is all about the money.  Big programs make millions of dollars in net profit every year, after paying millions to coaches.  But tuition goes up and you get calls every year for donations to support  the school.    

Gorgon
Gorgon

It's the Cowboys I don't care.

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

As you can see - SMU got the death penalty a couple of decades ago. Deserved? Not when compared with all of the other stuff going on. Just like the banks in the late 80's - the made examples of the Tx banks, cratered them and then used kid gloves on the California and NY banks when the tides were turned! Complete politics and Sports Illustrated has now tarnished a good program an its own reputation! I will have to look elsewhere for the annual swimsuit competition (actually, the only thing I still thought SI was about anyway)!

Threeboys
Threeboys

A five day exposé to find this out? One 1 minute interview with Hansen should have been enough.

Can anyone say Dexter Manley?

Cindi White
Cindi White

I'd be willing to bet that a large majority of college football stars get help from a tutor.

Manny M. Escam
Manny M. Escam

Gee, what a shock! All along I thought he was a scholar and a gentleman of the highest constitution! LOL!

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

It wasn't that long ago that I was in college, and at a spare college like UNT. Even there, there exists an entire organization (they're called the Eagle Angels officially) made up of sorority girls whose sole purpose is to have sex with visiting athletes. They then get kickbacks from the University for it (I knew several of them). I had a buddy who played football down at even more spare Tarleton State and they do the same thing there. Does anything these schools do for football players shock anyone anymore?

Just pay the damn players and end this silly student athlete charade. If the NFL would take them straight out of high school 90% of the players that end up in the NFL would never even go to college. College football exists to make money for the school while the players waits for NFL eligibility.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

Interesting football articles recently.  However, is anyone really surprised that there is a strong possibility that Dez cannot read and that Deion is 86% impaired?

Kinda makes me wish I was at Deion's and Dez's dinner date a few years back.  What do you think they talked about?  I bet the topics were very deep and thoughtful.   

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

I see a lot of people commenting on different sites about the players that were quoted in this as lying because they were kicked off the team or whatever.

Know what made me believe this article had a few strands of truth in it? The second team academic honor. Come on now, we know Dez wasn't hitting the books. His tutors were too good and therefore drew attention to that fact. 

Cowtown
Cowtown

Just shocked that anyone is shocked by this. People have known for years that the only reason football players go to O$U is for the weed, blow, money and whores that T Boone's millions has provided.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

He already did suffer severe consequences costing him the entire final year of his college career.  And while I dont doubt that hookers and money and sex and tutoring happens at every college, it kind of funny that known staunch OU supporter wrote/investigated half of this piece.  and hell no, Im not an okie state fan either

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

(*sarcasm on*)
Oh no! Say it isn't so. Grades are manipulated so football players can play?! Alumni funnel extra money to star players?! That never happens!!!
(*sarcasm off*)

Anyone who is surprised by this is a fool. The only somewhat surprising thing is that is reported.

Greg820
Greg820

I love the fiction that we all keep in our heads of "student atheletes."  Just start paying these guys above the table. They put in a lot of work outside of class, and they should be compensated for it. 

James080
James080

Oh, I get it, we're going to pretend Division I football players are "student-athletes." 

Next thing you know, someone will allege there is gambling going on at "Rick's."

Andy Gonzales
Andy Gonzales

Oh well, does not effect anything. Anyone remember SMU's death penealty? People will cheat until caught

gtrietsc
gtrietsc

Assuming, of course, the allegations are true.  A *lot* of players are laughing at this story, saying no way it happened.

Threeboys
Threeboys

"College football exists to make money for the school while the players waits (sic) for NFL eligibility"

A. A very small percentage actually make the NFL.

B. That's the deal the player makes and he knows it up front.

One of the major problems with major college sports is that such a vast majority of the players think they are actually qualified to go to the pro level so they give very little effort to the academics. It is very clear when they sign their LOI that the trade off is a free education (for those on scholarship) for their contribution as an athlete. There is no agreement, nor unwritten understanding, that the athlete is owed anything more. If the athlete thinks that, he/she is mistaken.

What's so hard to understand about that agreement?

When I go to work in the morning, I understand that I have to put in a fair amount of work for what I agreed to as a fair amount of pay. What I produce is a product of the company. I know that going in.

What is so hard to understand about that agreement?

Threeboys
Threeboys

Just curious as to what those serious consequences were?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Tim.Covington methinks the sources for this story were the kids who were kicked off the team or not receiving any of the money flying around

Guesty
Guesty

@Greg820 The vast majority of student athletes are already over paid.  Maybe 20-25 football players on 25-35 teams (500-750 total) could earn a paycheck playing football for a living if we dropped all pretense of "student athletes" and stopped supplementing sports programs with university dollars.  There would be even fewer basketball players, and probably no one else.  The other student athletes simply would be out on the street because their economic value as athletes is far less than what they already cost.  

As it is, tens of thousands of student athletes get free food, lodging, coaching, healthcare, exposure, and a gold-plated education worth more than many people's homes.  In other words, the largest group of beneficiaries of the system are marginal athletes or athletes in non-revenue sports (i.e. the vast majority) who are over compensated in economic terms.    

gmit
gmit

@Greg820 Because college and books and living accommodations are free? 

The majority of student athletes are just that students that study make grades and graduate, the work ethic that is required to compete in college sports generally translates to classwork as well. It is only the minority of players that have amazing genetic gifts that don't really fell they dont have to work hard at anything. 

This stereotype is really outdated, and what Okie Lite did is known as cheating, just because the un-informed genpop feels this is common doenst make it NOT against the rules as they are today. 

This is the exception and not the rule, they got kids into school that other programs stopped recruiting because they couldnt qualify academically and they had the lowest graduation rate among major football, so they were the worst not typical   

 

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@Threeboys I understand your argument. The difference is you have options and no time clock. If you're a really gifted computer programmer or insurance salesman or whatever spare job we all hold you can start working at age 18 or before.

If you're a really gifted football player though, you have to wait 3 years from high school. Unlike basketball (which is only a 1 year wait) there really aren't any foreign football leagues for shit. So these kids are forced into college football to ply their craft, getting monetarily raped all the way, so they can then go and get the job they want and are qualified for.They don't want to go to college, they just have no choice. And every year of college football beats their body up more and hurts their future earning potential. Odds are, if you make the NFL you're done by age 35 if not earlier. It's senseless to take away 3 years of a kid's earning potential so he can be exploited by a college.

And before you ask, I have no college football allegiance. I could care less about UT, TTU, TAMU, OU, OSU, etc. unless I'm wagering on them. I barely even watch it. I just think of what it would be like to be an extremely gifted 18 year old kid and be told you have to go somewhere for 3 years and then you might get paid and don't wonder at all why these kids take money from boosters.

Johnny Manziel should have $10m in the bank right now. Instead he's playing Alabama for another semester of education he will never use.  

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Threeboys i guess you cant read!  HE MISSED THE ENTIRE FINAL YEAR OF HIS COLLEGE FOOTBALL CAREER.  


this was one of the reasons he dropped to the cowboys in that draft.  Had he played and dominated as he would have he could have been drafted higher, thereby garnering a larger signing bonus higher overall contract.  



Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@ScottsMerkin @Tim.Covington The SMU scandal was broken by an athlete who got cut.  Just because they are pissed does not mean they are lying.  In both business and crime, it is never smart to piss off the people who know where you buried the bodies.

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

@ScottsMerkin @Tim.Covington And if they were kicked off? Disgruntled former employees are typically the ones that pull the curtain back in the corporate world after the song and pony show they bought into turns out to be a mirage. 


DirtyP1
DirtyP1

@Guesty Agreed. You have a majority riding the coattails of the attention a few bring in. Because of all of those that play sports that don't produce revenue, it makes it harder for the schools that don't generate a ton of revenue to even consider paying athletes. 

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

@P1Gunter @Threeboys Even in the NFL there is a time clock. So what do they have to fall back on once they're done in the NFL if not an education? They don't learn the value of money and piss it all away. Their NFL pension doesn't pay all the bills. Without an education what career will they have after sports?

I could debate the paying college athletes and NCAA profiting from STUDENTS issue all day, but that's better left in a bar over beers instead of the DO forum.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@Threeboys You're right, they sign up for it. Because if they want to play pro football, they don't have a choice. For the third string defensive tackle at West Virginia it's a great deal too. If you're Dez Bryant or Johnny Manziel or countless other players that will or have been drafted it's bullshit. Their options are fake their way through college for 3 years, join the CFL for 3 years, or play arena ball for 3 years. So be a God in Stillwater and bang college chicks or play in a spare league for 3 years and if you tear your ACL you're fucked.

I'm not dismissing college athletics on the whole at all. Well, except Title IX shit. I just think it's economic slavery to force someone to do it to achieve their goals and profit the hell off it.

I know there are kids grateful to play football and get a free education. That's awesome and good for them. But it shouldn't be required that they do it so they can advance to the next level and actually be paid for their craft.

Threeboys
Threeboys

P1 Gunter,

I also get your argument, but...

..(everyone has a big but Simone. lets talk about your big but) obscure PeeWee's big adventure reference

Each college football player knows that going in. They aren't getting "monitarily raped" because rape is involuntary. On the contrary, for the college athlete, thats the deal they sign up for.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Threeboys going to dinner at Deions and then lying about it is probably the least worry the NCAA has, yet he loses his eligibility?  Thats a joke and you know it.  He was a victim of the shitty system

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