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Former Cedar Hill star William Cole on Oklahoma State academic fraud: 'If you were one of those people that they know is not going to do the work, [the school] will find a way'
Sports Illustrated released part two of its five-part investigation of the Oklahoma State football program today, detailing the alleged academic fraud that took place at the university between 2000 and 2011.
The report included a number of former Dallas-area players who played at OSU, who are claimed to have participated in, or witnessed, the NCAA violations.
A bit of a surprising name on that list? William Cole.
Cole quarterbacked the 2006 Cedar Hill team that won the 2006 5A Division II state championship. And it was Cole who ushered a winning tradition to Cedar Hill, which had not won a single playoff game before that state championship run.
The excerpt from the SI report featuring Cole:
Says William Cole, a wide receiver in 2007 and '08, "If you wanted to do the work, then you could do it on your own. But if you were one of those people that they know is not going to do the work, [the school] will find a way."
It goes on to say that Cole is one of 13 former OSU players who said they witnessed academic fraud take place.
Cole's football career following his senior season at Cedar hill never lived up to its high expectations. Heavily recruited, Cole signed with OSU and played sparsely in his first season at wide receiver. He tore his ACL the following offseason and was eventually dropped from the team because of poor academic performance.
Matt Wixon profiled Cole's journey in a 2012 feature story. Read it here.
And you can read the full SI report on alleged academic fraud at OSU here.
Part three of the series is set to be released Wednesday, focusing on drug use at OSU.