Thursday, October 15, 2009

Building character at Oklahoma State U

Ethics isn’t just how we behave, it’s what we tolerate. Intolerance of misbehavior is what sets West Point’s Honor Code apart as an example for the world: "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do."

That’s not Oklahoma State University’s honor code. OSU has formally asked the National Collegiate Athletic Association to reinstate their All-American wide receiver, Dez Bryant, who was ruled ineligible indefinitely for lying to an NCAA investigator. The University asked the NCAA to consider "unique circumstances" and hand down a lighter punishment.

The unique circumstances? Here’s Bryant’s explanation: "I just panicked because I was scared and afraid that I was in some kind of trouble."

Sport is supposed to develop character. What kind of character is OSU developing?

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