T. Boone Pickens, easily the most notable booster at Oklahoma State, has issued a video statement in response to Sports Illustrated’s scathing article released this morning. Pickens calls the report “disappointing” and points to the positive change the school has experienced over the past decade – repeatedly stating that Oklahoma State is a “different university today”.
Here’s a portion of Picken’s statement:
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.
Despite his numerous references to the allegations being “a decade ago”, Pickens stops short of admitting any wrongdoing by the university.