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Monday, February 06, 2006

In Case there was doubt

Trouble is revealed in OSU recruit's past
Cowboys signee, a former Texarkana star, under indictment
01:48 AM CST on Thursday, February 2, 2006
By KATE HAIROPOULOS / The Dallas Morning News
Oklahoma State's class of 28 signees Wednesday included Chris Collins, a former Texarkana Texas star linebacker who has been indicted on one count of aggravated sexual assault against a 12-year-old.
Collins is enrolled at OSU and is expected to go through spring drills.
An OSU official said that coach Mike Gundy addressed the matter at a news conference, saying he had researched the situation in depth but would not elaborate.
Collins was named all-state as a junior in December 2003 and committed to Texas.
Sgt. Shawn Fitzgerald of the Texarkana police department said that four males were involved in an incident at an after-prom party in May 2004 and that three were charged with aggravated sexual assault – there is an outstanding warrant for one. Fitzgerald said Collins was one of two men arrested initially. There was a pretrial hearing Monday, but the Bowie County district attorney's office said a trial has yet to be scheduled.
Collins' biography, released by OSU on Wednesday, said the 6-1, 230-pound player has "a 450-pound squat and a 34-inch vertical leap to go along with his natural football ability."
Collins, who The Oklahoman reported last played as a junior and finished high school at an alternative school, was listed in OSU's media guide as early as last fall, though he apparently did not enroll at the school until last spring.


  • Does it surprise anyone that this information was reported by the Daily Oklahoman the day before National Signing Day?

    By Anonymous Dillon, at 1:11 PM  

  • This was from the Dallas Morning News not the Daily Oklahoman.

    By Anonymous Schilling, at 10:57 AM  

  • The Daily Oklahoman also reported on this issue the day before national signing day, which is used as a quote at the end of the DMN article that you quoted.

    Notice the date.

    In my opinion, the timing of the Oklahoman article shows the intent to degrade individuals in the OSU recruiting class, which could effect other recruits decisions.

    I believe that the Collins story should be told, so I have no beef with the article. Just the timing.

    Another point, why would they question Mike Gundy? According to the NCAA, he can not comment on a recruit until after he is signed.

    By Anonymous Dillon, at 1:10 PM  

  • I thought Collins signed early? Ok, maybe he did not. I think the Daily Oklahoman would have reported the same information for OU as well. The reason I think they would have is because they would have wanted to beat another newspaper to the punch, I.E. the Dallas Morning News, that is just the way the news works, have to be the first to report it. If they really wanted to damage the OSU recruiting class as you want to think, why not publish this story a week ago and really give guys a chance to jump ship? I don't think the Daily Oklahoman is out to get OSU quite like you think they are.

    By Anonymous Schilling, at 5:41 AM  

  • Schilling,

    It is illegal to sign early. Collins enrolled for this spring semester at OSU before national signing day, which is what might have confused you.

    The Oklahoman did not report the information about OU being investigated by the NCAA until it was released nationally. Is beating the Dallas Morning News not as important when the news is negative to the University of Oklahoma?

    2 days before national signing day is more than enough time for a player to jump ship. Only one player left the OSU recruiting class, so it didn't seem to have much of an effect. However, I still stand by the intent of the Jokelahoman!!!

    By Anonymous Dillon, at 12:20 PM  

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