Former Oklahoma State Cowboys football players have recently stated in a report that the program faced a serious drug problem and that often there were dealers on the team.
In addition, YouWager experts also learned that the school helped keep stars eligible even while testing positive.
In all, 30 players have accepted they used marijuana while playing for the Cowboys. Some players even agreed to using drugs before games.
Three former Oklahoma State players admitted in the report that they dealt drugs in the 2001, 2004 and 2006 college football seasons, while others said former teammates dealt drugs during seven other seasons.
Four years ago, wide receiver Bo Bowling was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police had found more than 100 grams of marijuana, Xanax, ephedrine, the steroid stanozolol, a digital scale and more than $1,000 in Bowling’s apartment.
The player pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, community service and was ordered to undergo counseling. Bowling rejoined the Cowboys in 2010.
Other ex players that were interviewed said that stars’ positive tests for drugs were ignored, while lesser players were suspended or kicked off the team.
Furthermore, coaches, including head coach Mike Gundy, were well aware of the marijuana issues on the team, however they decided to tolerate it and even joked about the issue.
It’s been said that these players were kept eligible by adapting an NCAA rule that prevents penalties for positive tests if players are in counseling and their drug usage is decreasing.
The report states that most schools set time limits for remaining in counseling — typically 30 days — before positive tests trigger penalties. The Cowboys had no time limit which allowed some players to remain in the program for entire college football seasons even though their drug usage was not decreasing.