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September 10, 2013

Oklahoma State athletic director apologizes to Big 12 schools

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder apologized to his fellow athletic directors around the Big 12 Conference on Monday in advance of what’s expected to be a scathing expose of the football program by Sports Illustrated.

“I apologize to all the athletic directors in the conference for what’s about to happen, for what’s about to be said about a member institution,” Holder said at a news conference without taking questions. “That reflects on everyone, all our brothers and peers, we’re very remorseful about that.”

The school announced over the weekend that SI had notified it of the upcoming series, which purportedly details transgressions by the football program starting in 2011. Oklahoma State said it has notified the NCAA and launched its own investigation.

While it doesn’t appear that head coach Mike Gundy, who took over the job in 2005, is implicated in what will come out, he would not comment on anything specific. He said he was sure that the university would respond the right way to whatever is revealed.

“Unfortunately, we’ve got something out there on the horizon that we’ll have to deal with,” Holder said. “I don’t know a lot of specifics. I know a little bit. I know enough to be very concerned. As the athletic director and an alumnus of the university, I don’t want it to be true. We pride ourselves on doing things the right way around here.”

Gundy, trying to focus on preparing the No. 13 Cowboys for their home opener on Saturday against Lamar, said he was confident the proper steps would be taken by the university.

“I’m going to guess that once we get all the information and we see what’s out there, then our administration, our people inside, will look at it and we’ll see where we made mistakes,” Gundy said. “And we’ll try to make ourselves better and we’ll correct it and then we’ll move forward. And I would hope that there will be some of it that we’ll say, ‘I’m not sure, it could go one way or the other.’ That’s really the best way I can put it. But I think the university is looking forward to seeing the information and seeing how we can make ourselves better from it.”

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