OSU Tulsa students respond to OSU allegations

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 9/11/2013 11:00 am Published: 9/10/2013 12:04 pm

Allegations of NCAA violations are shaking the Oklahoma State University football program, and they're getting people talking miles away on the OSU-Tulsa campus.

Faculty members would not comment, only directing FOX23 crews to the communications director in Stillwater.

But we found out students are talking.

Anthony Zampino says, "I think it's all biased."

Zampino says he bleeds orange and he believes recent allegations against OSU target a program with a bright future.

FOX23 has been reporting part one of the five-part investigative report focuses on "The Money."

The 10-month investigation includes interviews with more than 60 former OSU football players and current and former staff members. Part one alleges some star players collected more than $25,000 in a single year.

In the article, former players admitting getting cash payments based on performance on the field from coaches and boosters.

"The boosters, that's always happened, throughout all schools, not just OSU," Zampino says. "There are just multiple, multiple allegations like this throughout the nation."

Former football coach Les Miles and current coach Mike Gundy are involved in the allegations that Zampino says he's torn over.

"I could actually see Les Miles playing like that, but with Coach Gundy as head coach, I can't see any of these allegations flying. He's too old school of a coach where he would not allow this to happen, and that's not how he plays the game," Zampino says.

Former players are also quoted in the article admitting knowledge of some receiving "monster payments," and even working bogus jobs, doing little or no work, and still making hundreds of dollars.

Students Robert Gaygay also tells FOX23 he's heard similar allegations about student athletes at other school, but says more needs to be done.

"That's pretty sad, for [someone] with the team organization to say stuff like that. That's pretty sad; something should be done about that," Gaygay says.

Additional parts of the investigative report will be released by Sports Illustrated throughout the week.

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edmo2112 - 9/10/2013 6:35 PM
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Does seem suspicious that all of the "good players" didn't get paid (per interviews with them), and the shoddy character guys who Gundy kicked out of the program say that people got paid? I agree that OSU should be able to do a liable suit to the reporter and to SI if it comes out that the story was ran without accurate fact checking. To compare this story to the Penn State scandal is totally ridiculous and really quite ignorant. Coach Gundy, I for one am proud of your program and support you 1000%.
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