Oklahoma State donor T. Boone Pickens reacts to SI article

Oklahoma State donor T. Boone Pickens reacts to Sports Illustrated article

Posted: Updated:
Stock photo via MGNonline.com Stock photo via MGNonline.com

The man who has given the most money to Oklahoma State University is responding to allegations of players being paid for performance.

T. Boone Pickens issued a statement Tuesday afternoon in response to article that came out earlier in the day that claims the school and its boosters paid players.

Pickens was not implicated in the article as being a booster who allegedly paid players.

Pickens said he the report was "disappointing" and is not reflective of the university today.

 

                
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.

But I do welcome this scrutiny. If people take the time, it's an opportunity to better
understand where Oklahoma State is today, not a decade ago. It's a different
university today. It's a better university. If there are areas where we need to improve, we'll do it.

Which leads me back to my disappointment with Sports Illustrated, and their failure
to ask the most important question of all: What's happening at OSU today?
  • FOX25 Slideshows

  • Oklahoma City ThunderMore>>

  • Thunder trade Thabeet

    Thunder trade Thabeet

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:06:26 GMT
    The Oklahoma City Thunder traded backup center Hasheem Thabeet to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Thunder send cash and Thabeet in exchange for a protected second round pick in 2015 and a trade exception.The move saves OKC $1.25 million that they would have had to pay Thabeet if he had been on the roster August 31st. Oklahoma City now has about $2.8 million in cap space to tinker with the roster that has 14 players.It's expected Philly will waive Thabeet to avoid paying him $1.25 million.
    The Oklahoma City Thunder traded backup center Hasheem Thabeet to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Thunder send cash and Thabeet in exchange for a protected second round pick in 2015 and a trade exception.The move saves OKC $1.25 million that they would have had to pay Thabeet if he had been on the roster August 31st. Oklahoma City now has about $2.8 million in cap space to tinker with the roster that has 14 players.It's expected Philly will waive Thabeet to avoid paying him $1.25 million.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder unveil 2014-2015 schedule

    Oklahoma City Thunder unveil 2014-2015 schedule

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-08-13 22:20:10 GMT
    The Oklahoma City announced next season's regular season schedule will tip off on the road against Portland and open at home just two days later versus Denver.
    The Oklahoma City announced next season's regular season schedule will tip off on the road against Portland and open at home just two days later versus Denver.
  • Kevin Durant steps away from Team USA

    Kevin Durant steps away from Team USA

    Thursday, August 7 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-08-07 22:47:15 GMT
    Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is withdrawing from Team USA for the remainder of the summer. Durant issued this statement detailing his decision.."This was an extremely difficult decision as I take great pride in representing our country. I know that I owe it to my USA Basketball teammates to be totally invested in the experience. After going through training camp with USAB, I realized I could not fulfill my responsibilities to the team from both a time and energy standpoint. I need ...
    Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is withdrawing from Team USA for the remainder of the summer. Durant issued this statement detailing his decision.."This was an extremely difficult decision as I take great pride in representing our country. I know that I owe it to my USA Basketball teammates to be totally invested in the experience. After going through training camp with USAB, I realized I could not fulfill my responsibilities to the team from both a time and energy standpoint. I need ...
  • Oklahoma State CowboysMore>>

  • OU and OSU Polling well

    OU and OSU Polling well

    Monday, September 15 2014 12:29 AM EDT2014-09-15 04:29:01 GMT
    For the first time this season Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are in the top 25 rankings compiled by the Associated Press. The Sooners remained 4th with two first place votes while the Cowboys cracked the poll at number 25. Florida State remained the number one team in the country with Oregon, Alabama third, OU 4th and Auburn 5th. Baylor is the only other Big 12 team in the top ten at number 7. But Kansas State can take a big step if they can beat Auburn Thursday night in Manhattan. The Wildcats...
    For the first time this season Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are in the top 25 rankings compiled by the Associated Press. The Sooners remained 4th with two first place votes while the Cowboys cracked the poll at number 25. Florida State remained the number one team in the country with Oregon, Alabama third, OU 4th and Auburn 5th. Baylor is the only other Big 12 team in the top ten at number 7. But Kansas State can take a big step if they can beat Auburn Thursday night in Manhattan. The Wildcats...
  • OSU tops UTSA 43-13 behind Garman's 315 yards passing

    OSU tops UTSA 43-13 behind Garman's 315 yards passing

    Saturday, September 13 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-09-14 03:09:52 GMT
    Daxx Garman completed 16 of 30 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Oklahoma State to a 43-13 victory over Texas-San Antonio Saturday night.
    Daxx Garman completed 16 of 30 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Oklahoma State to a 43-13 victory over Texas-San Antonio Saturday night.
  • Oklahoma State beats Missouri State, loses Walsh

    Oklahoma State beats Missouri State, loses Walsh

    Saturday, September 6 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-09-06 23:26:45 GMT
    Daxx Garman went 16 of 26 for 244 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Oklahoma State to a 40-23 victory over Missouri State Saturday.
    Daxx Garman went 16 of 26 for 244 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Oklahoma State to a 40-23 victory over Missouri State Saturday.
  • FOX 25 FeaturesMore>>

  • Tell Me Something Good

    Tell Me Something Good

    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
  • Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOKH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.