'Barely Illustrated': OK State Student Paper Questions Sports Illustrated Football Report

If you’re a sports fan or have any interest at all in sex, drugs, money, academics or fallouts, you have most likely crossed paths this past week with the Sports Illustrated investigative takedown of Oklahoma State University’s football program.

Using the school as a not-so-subtle metaphor for wider NCAA abuses, the five-part report– still being rolled out– details a litany of alleged legal, organizational and moral violations within the program after the turn of the century.

Among those enmeshed within a slightly awkward situation due to the SI feature: The Daily O’Collegian, OK State’s student newspaper. The big-picture journalistic and ethical question: How do you properly report on a gigantic, temporarily nonstop takedown of your uni’s bread-and-butter from an outside trusted news source?

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