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September 10, 2013

Sports Illustrated to launch five-part series today about Oklahoma State’s football program

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STILLWATER —

Oklahoma State will assign a person to work with the NCAA investigator and help uncover the facts, Holder said.

Holder and Gundy shared the spotlight at the coach’s weekly media pregame press conference. The Cowboys are scheduled to play Lamar at 6:30 p.m. Saturday before a record crowd at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Holder said Monday that he didn’t know specific incidents that will be cited in the magazine’s stories.

“I know a little bit. I know enough to be very concerned,” Holder said.

“As the athletic director at Oklahoma State and an alumnus of the university, I don’t want to believe it’s true. We pride ourselves on doing things the right way around here,” he said.

Holder said he wants to read the Sports Illustrated articles. He acknowledged it will be a rough read for Cowboy alums and fans.

Once the articles are out, the NCAA and OSU can evaluate them and make changes, Holder said.

Gundy became OSU’s football coach in 2005 after coach Les Miles left for Louisiana State University. Gundy, an OSU alum and former quarterback, served as an assistant coach under Miles.

He has compiled a 69-35 record as Cowboy coach. The Pokes won the Big 12 Championship in 2011 and beat Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. OSU has made seven consecutive bowl appearances. 

The Cowboys football coach briefly touched on the magazine articles before previewing Saturday’s home opener.

Gundy said the football program is focused on complying with NCAA rules and regulations.

“I am very proud of what we have accomplished here, both on and off the field. Our goal has always been to take young people from where their families and parents have gotten them and to make them better over a four- or five-year period. We are very proud of that in many ways,” Gundy said.

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