Even though the rumor about DeForest bothered Martin, he said another rumored allegation that bothers him is about the academics. Martin said he knows from experience the coaches at OSU hold players accountable for academics.
“I missed the Holiday Bowl because of academics,” Martin said. “(Mike) Gundy is a real-good guy and has always held his players to the rules. I mean, that is Gundy’s rule, ‘You are responsible.’”
Martin said he had to earn his way back and had to make a strong effort to get eligible academically again. He said for anyone to say the professors, coaches or players cheated academically is disrespectful.
Martin said when the coaches held him accountable for his academics, it was an eye-opener. Martin felt he was tough and could slide by because he graduated high school early to come to Oklahoma State, he said. When his academics didn’t make the cut come December, it was hard not practicing, participating or getting to go to the Holiday Bowl game, he said.
“Whenever I slipped up, they always held me responsible,” Martin said.
Martin said even though the coaches were his father figures while at Oklahoma State, they aren’t responsible for one thing he is proud he accomplished. Going back to the idea of a bounty system, Martin said the secondary didn’t need a bounty system and came up with its own motto.
Martin said in 2009 or 2010, a solider came and spoke to the OSU football team. This man had one motto the secondary at OSU took to heart.
“I remember him saying, ‘Nothing comes into the U.S. without our say so,’” Martin said.
He said the secondary took this motto and established it as their motto in the defensive back-field.
During this time, Martin said people began to notice how the secondary started hitting harder and getting more turnovers. He said the safeties’ self-motivation and motto was the reason people saw the hitting increase in Boone Pickens Stadium.