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Sports Illustrated story comes out at 9 AM ET on Tuesday

This is going to be really, really bad.



Photo Attribution: USATSI

Photo Attribution: USATSI

It’s pretty clear that Sports Illustrated is all in on Oklahoma State at this point.

This is way worse/bigger than I ever imagined it would be.

You can read the full release here but here are a few of the quotes from the preview of the 5-part series (seriously, a 5-part series!):

• Editor Jon Wertheim: “We wanted to take a comprehensive look at a big-time program, particularly one that made a rapid ascent. There’s obviously a steady drumbeat of scandal in college sports – improper benefits here; a recruiting violation there – and plenty of rumor and hearsay about the unseemly underbelly. For this piece, we were more about venturing inside the factory and seeing how the sausage is made.”

Glad we were their choice of school!

• The transgressions began under former coach Les Miles, who was the head coach in Stillwater from 2001 to ’04 and is now the head coach at LSU, and continued under current head coach Mike Gundy, who was promoted from offensive coordinator in 2005.

I don’t know if people know how bad that part of the statement is.

• It includes independent and on-the-record interviews with more than 60 former OSU football players who played from 1999 to 2011, as well as current and former OSU football staffers. In addition, will feature videos of former Cowboys talking about their experiences in Stillwater.

Oh my.

• Part I is about money including some players’ claims that they earned more than $10,000 annually.

I got a text from somebody that said “BS on the $10K, Prentiss would have overdosed!”

• Part II is about academic conduct including OSU personnel completing coursework for players, and professors giving passing grades for little or no work, all in the interest of keeping top players eligible.

Well, yeah.

• Part III is about drugs, part IV is about sex, and part V is about fallout.

Oh, the fallout!

The pieces will run Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and next Tuesday.

Also, this is a pretty good question that I don’t really want to know the answer to…

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