One after another former Oklahoma State player is coming out defending the program. Some have ranted on Twitter, others like Brandon Weeden have been quoted in interviews. It seems like the amount of players questioning the story and credibility of the players used as sources paints Thayer Evan’s feature as false, or construed.
Kirk Milligan was a safety at Oklahoma State from 2001-2002 and started 11 of 12 games in that 2012 season. Add him to the list of players speaking out against the allegations.
From Kirk Milligan’s Facebook, via News9.com:
“We became a better program because of a great academic department, improved scouting, better focused practices, a training table, a change in our weight training, film study, and an overall focus on the game of football. I got to see both sides as a walk on and a scholarship athlete, and I can emphatically say that in all five years I never received any kind of payment, was offered any kind of payment, or witnessed anyone receive any payment from the coaching staff or donors. I got to play two years with Deforest as my special teams’ coordinator and never heard a mention of any possible bonus programs. I can’t express how shocked I was to find some of the names of players who said that they were getting paid, since three of them were backups to me in 01 and 02.”
“My biggest questions to the authors are who and when and where is the proof? I feel as though, since they couldn’t come up with proof, they are trying to bombard us with as much volume as they can, to distract us from the fact that they have no facts.”
Former OSU quarterback Aso Pogi also questioned Thayer Evan’s interviewing tactics and questioning his ethics and professionalism. For now, SI seems content to push forward with the article and Thayer Evans hasn’t spoken out on his Twitter.