On Wednesday morning, Sports Illustrated released part three of its investigation into the Oklahoma State football team that claims players didn't earn their grades. "While I am surprised at the comments and allegations in today's Sports Illustrated installment, I can tell you we have a dedicated team of qualified specialists working hard every day with student-athletes to help them pursue and earn a degree. I am proud of the work we do with our student athletes. We have assembled what I believe in my over 20 years of experience in academics, the majority of which at Oklahoma State, a strong academic support network. We would never condone what Sports Illustrated said occurred. What they describe is not the place where I work. And I will also say, I greatly appreciate and enthusiastically support the President's resoluteness to conduct a thorough review to find out what is true and what is not true."
The article claims athletes had coursework completed for them by students or tutors, athletes were clustered into online classes, and players were directed to certain majors by coaches.
Just after 2:00 PM Wednesday OSU Associate Athletic Director/Academics Dr. Marilyn Middlebrook responded the article.
Oklahoma State has set up a page on its website to keep everyone up-to-do-date on what happens with the investigation and how the school is responding.