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Part II of the Sports Illustrated investigation, entitled "The Academics," is now online, as is a summary from The Oklahoman. Berry Tramel thinks Oklahoma State needs to change its defiant tone about the reports. Former OSU QB Josh Field denies he ever took money. As does Aso Pogi. Fath' Carter, another key source, stands by what he told SI. Here's a fuller recap of all the players named in part I. Former Pokes defend John Talley, who reportedly paid players. OSU starts a website to keep fans updated on its response to the SI investigation, with one of the two SI reporters defends the story.
The Sooners are fortunate to be flexible at quarterback, writes John Shinn of The Norman Transcript. Would a strong game from Blake Bell against Tulsa ensure the job is his? Communication has improved a Sooners defense that Gabe Lynn admits used to be "soft." OU landed a commitment from a Dallas-area offensive lineman.
Texas quarterback David Ash missed practice on Tuesday but is still day-to-day for the Ole Miss game. Texas RB coach Larry Porter is accused of paying players in the SI investigation. Would 10 wins still be enough to save Mack Brown's job, or will BYU be his signature loss? Is USC or Texas more likely to rebound this season? Here's a brief video of Greg Robinson coaching in one of his first Texas practices.
Monday's Sports Illustrated report is a black eye for West Virginia's Joe DeForest, who is accused of paying players. Head coach Dana Hologorsen considered 7 points against Oklahoma "embarrassing." WVU players are nursing injuries after the OU game.
Bill Snyder is worried about complacency as KSU prepares for Massachusetts. Are Jake Waters' days as the starter numbered? Jack Cantele has been a capable successor to Anthony Cantele for Kansas State.