Linebacker Chris Collins was permanently dismissed from Oklahoma State's football team Monday, six days after he pleaded guilty to the felony aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in Texas.
Coach Mike Gundy met with Collins to inform him of the dismissal, according to a statement released Monday evening by Marlene Strathe, the university's interim president.
"Chris has been a model student-athlete since he arrived at OSU last year and coach Gundy felt that he had earned the privilege of hearing the decision face-to-face from his head coach," Strathe said in the statement. "During the meeting coach Gundy informed Chris that he would no longer be a member of the football team and the university supports coach Gundy's decision." . . .
"Because of the way Chris has conducted himself since coming to OSU, we will honor his athletic scholarship so that he can continue his education at OSU, if he is so inclined," Strathe said. "If he decides to transfer to another school, we will assist him in doing so. We feel deeply sad for everyone involved."
Head coach Mike 'the press is the problem' Gundy has adopted the same approach in this case:
Gundy bristled when he was asked a fourth straight question about Collins, on what information the university was lacking before it could make its decision.
"I'm not going to talk about Chris Collins all day, OK? You with me?" Gundy said. "I'll talk about Baylor but there's just not anything to talk about. As soon as we get everything, we'll try to do the best we can to give all the information and come to a conclusion."
Get a clue Mike. There is no one to blame for the bad press in this case but you.