Oklahoma State donor T. Boone Pickens reacts to Sports Illustrated article
The man who has given the most money to Oklahoma State University is responding to allegations of players being paid for performance.
T. Boone Pickens issued a statement Tuesday afternoon in response to article that came out earlier in the day that claims the school and its boosters paid players.
Pickens was not implicated in the article as being a booster who allegedly paid players.
Pickens said he the report was "disappointing" and is not reflective of the university today.
There's one word I have for the Sports Illustrated reporting on Oklahoma State University: Disappointing.
This series is not reflective of Oklahoma State University today. Many of their sensational allegations go back a decade ago.
There have been wholesale changes at the school in recent years in leadership and facilities. During that time, I have given more than $500 million to OSU, for athletics and academics. Have I gotten my money's worth? You bet. We have a football program that has a commitment to principled sportsmanship. They understand the expectations we, as fans and supporters, have for the program. We have an incredible and growing fan base, and a loyal group of alums that believe in the character of our players, coaches and administrators.
But I do welcome this scrutiny. If people take the time, it's an opportunity to better understand where Oklahoma State is today, not a decade ago. It's a different university today. It's a better university. If there are areas where we need to improve, we'll do it.
Which leads me back to my disappointment with Sports Illustrated, and their failure to ask the most important question of all: What's happening at OSU today?