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September 19, 2013

Okla. State report flawed, still revealing

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McALESTER —

Academic policies can’t be changed, nor should they. Most college athletes won’t go on to the professional level, so teams should do everything they can to make sure their players graduate — something that would happen more often if players could earn money while still in school, instead of bolting as soon as possible for the NFL or NBA.

What can’t be forgiven, if true, are the allegations involving OSU’s Orange Pride program. Wanting “outgoing” hostesses, as the articles called them, is fine, and wanting pretty hostesses reflects a misogynistic phenomenon visible in every restaurant or bar that employs women.

But prostituting your own students to win football games is horrifying, not to mention unacceptable. SI suggests a couple hostesses slept with recruits, but even once is one too many.

If OSU coaches knew about this and didn’t stop it — or worse, ordered it to happen — they should be ashamed.

Sports Illustrated’s story contained flaws, but also enough consistency to raise real questions about OSU’s football program. But in keeping their indictment to OSU, Dohrmann and Evans failed to ask whether changes must come from OSU, or if they’re needed nationwide.

Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com.

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