OSU's Paddle People stand behind the Cowboys

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Updated: 9/11/2013 9:27 pm Published: 9/10/2013 10:46 pm

The Oklahoma State University scandal is shaking up students and loyal fans across campus.

"When I think of Oklahoma State and OSU football it's something I am really proud of," said OSU Senior Rosie Templeton.

On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated issued part one of five of the "Dirty Game" claiming misconduct from OSU athletes dating back to 2001.

On Twitter #iridewiththecowboys hashtag was trending and students were going to that to read the latest on the scandal.

"Having that much school pride and faith we are doing the right thing by being behind them all the way," said OSU freshman Miranda Hodges.

She works at For Pete's Sake, an OSU apparel store, and doesn't believe OSU athletics deserve to get bad name over the allegations against the football team that day back more than a decade ago.

"I don't think it is fair to our school," said Hodges.

Outside of Eskimo Joes OSU Senior Rosie Templeton said she got up early to read "The Money" version in Sports Illustrated.

"I was sitting at my computer waiting for 8 o'clock to strike, to see the report and see what has been said," said Templeton.

She is an agricultural media major and tried to read the allegations objectively in the magazine.

"This is straight up yellow journalism," said Templeton. "Now that doesn't discredit it completely," said Templeton.

However, many question the sources such as former players who may have had an issue with OSU.

"Interviewing all of the bad apples and not getting what is really going on what is really good about OSU," said OSU senior Landon Brown.

Outside of Boone Pickens Stadium, Paddle People members were wrapping their paddles for the season.

"Being the leadership of the fans," said Paddle People President Jeremy Duck.

At OSU football games you'll see the sea of orange fans slapping their paddles against the stadium.

"Being the spirit leaders in the crowd definitely gets you fired up," said OSU freshman Manny Rubio.

Despite a football team tainted with serious allegations of misconduct, Cowboy fans are ready to take their pride to the field.

"The best thing for OSU to do right now is stick behind our school," said Duck.

OSU sophomore Graham Coffelt who is majoring in sports media has a lot of questions but said he's passionate about being a member and officer for Paddle People.

"This is the in the fabric of our university and so this is a necessary thing for the university to lean on," said Coffelt.

FOX23 News wasn't allowed inside Boone Pickens Stadium but you could hear the beat of the paddles as members practiced for this week's home game against the Lamar Cardinals.

"Bring the spirits up after the tough week we have been having," said Rubio.

Fans like Brown say the good that has come from this controversy is the pride among Cowboy supporters.

"I think a little struggle, a little adversity will make Oklahoma State fans come out even stronger," said Templeton.

Part II of the Sports Illustrated "Dirty Game" article focusing on academics will be issued Wednesday.

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bowlerdave - 9/11/2013 8:21 AM
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I am not an OSU fan at all. But seriously, name one single college that doesn't break almost every NCAA regulation when it comes to players and compensation. Whether the college does it or the boosters, almost every player at every college gets some sort of compensation. The question isn't "Is this college doing it?" The question is "Will this college get caught?"
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