Sports Illustrated on Oklahoma State Part III: Drugs

By DJ Byrnes on September 12, 2013 at 2:55p

Sports Illustrated continued its foray into the corruption of the Oklahoma State football program under former coach Les Miles and current coach Mike Gundy by exploring alleged drug use by players in the program. 

The saga starts with a 5:30 AM raid on former Cowboy receiver Bo Bowling. His ex-girlfriend, whom police found inebriated outside Bowling's house, tipped police off to the presence of marijuana inside. The police took it from there.

Inside, police found a stash that might make Hunter S. Thompson drool with envy: 108.6 grams of weed, unspecified quantities of alprazolam (Xanax), ephedrine, the anabolic steroid stanozolol, a digital scale and more than $1,000 in cash. Bowling was suspended indefinitely, pled guilty to two misdemeanors, did thirty days in jail and rejoined the team in 2010 after his debt to society was paid — an outcome unacceptable to Sports Illustrated investigators because there was no internal investigation into whom Bowling was selling the drugs. Sports Illustrated alleges shenanigans like these were commonplace during Oklahoma State's rise from Big 12 bottom-feeder to "one of the nation's elite programs," as marijuana use (gasp!) and drug dealing went unchecked by the university.

The coaching staff did little to deter marijuana use, players say. Some football staff members, including Gundy, allegedly joked about it. "[A football staffer] would be like, If you were trying to get to a blunt I'd bet you'd throw that weight up," says LeRon Furr, a linebacker on the 2009 and '10 teams.

It appears Sports Illustrated has struck at the dark essence of the Oklahoma State football program: weed jokes.


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Corvas's picture

The ride never ends.

BUCKI06's picture

Has anyone in America taken this "investigation" seriously?  It's just comical at this point.

"As long as we're keeping score, we're gonna try to win this thing." - UFM

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

The only way this investigation would be taken seriously if all the stuff happened at Ohio State.

Maestro's picture

More big time college football players are completely unfazed as each day passes with this story, and Honey Badger tries to enroll at Oklahoma State.

vacuuming sucks

ChazBuckeye's picture

Is this a joke by SI? I could see taking $$$, the grades and the strippers/call girls orange girl group.  But weed jokes and what not...I'd say they're grasping for straws on this segment. 

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

AndyVance's picture

Setting aside the ganja humor (which is funny), I'm still intrigued that after all Ohio State's off-field troubles this summer, Coach Meyer cited marijuana use as the biggest challenge facing big-time college football programs today. Perhaps the fruits of this "investigation" are a symptom of that underlying situation.

Maestro's picture

I have no doubt that Meyer is spot on.  
Singling out one program seems a bit naive to me though.  I know Dohrmann was stuck in Stillwater for 10 months and had his tattletale heart set on bringing down the Pokes, but the way SI has drug (no pun intended) out this story is becoming laughable to many.

vacuuming sucks

AndyVance's picture

Yes, they definitely played their strong cards first, and today's piece was silly by comparison. I can only imagine how titillating tomorrow's sexposé will be...

Maestro's picture

Probably about this titillating

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Earle's picture

That's just WRONG, man!

Snarkies gonna snark. 

AndyVance's picture

Oh, why can't I unsee that... Damn you, Maestro.

Brutus's picture

Is this the type of thing I'm going to be seeing on this site?  I'm just asking the question so I can decide whether I will continue to come back.  I mean, I might be at work and someone could look over my shoulder and see Gwen with hairy boobs and then start to question what I do in my free time.  Or I could be at home and one of my kids might see this and then they are f-ed for life because this is something you can't unsee.  So i'm just asking the question so I can make an informed decision.

yrro's picture

If athletes use weed at the same rate as college students in general and all got caught, you'd barely be able to suit up 22 players on any given game day.

House804's picture

This "report" is the biggest joke ever.  I know Sports Illustrated is hanging on for dear life as it is, but this is even more pathetic on their part.  My god, every major college football program has had some shady shit go on and had more than few bad apples along the way.  We get it.

We talkin' bout practice?!  Not the game I love...the game I die for.  Practice?!

Hovenaut's picture

Boy, how about them Pokes?

That program sure sounds like it has gone to pot.....

(Here all week ladies and gents, don't forget to tip your wait staff)

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Yeti's have feelings too.

OSUStu's picture

Inside, police found a stash that might make Hunter S. Thompson drool with envy: 108.6 grams of weed, unspecified quantities of alprazolam (Xanax), ephedrine, the anabolic steroid stanozolol...

Hunter S. Thompson finds this laughable.  He took more than this with his morning grapefruit.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Matt Gutridge's picture

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 60 seconds:

ChicagoBuckeye33's picture

Also this is Oklahoma weed. I'm sure it's just a panic attack waiting to happen.  AND about $45/ounce.

sharks's picture

I am shocked, shocked that college kids partake in the sticky icky.
The only answer is the death penalty for the program.

A man got to have a code...

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

108.6 grams of weed (3.83 ounces)?  I'd smoke that in like 3 days brah!

Class of 2010.

ChicagoBuckeye33's picture

There is nothing more depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge.