Oklahoma Sooners football appears on HBO Real Sports program about academic improprieties

Another state university is under the microscope after a national publication produces a story that doesn't paint a pretty picture of what goes on behind the scenes of the athletic department.

Former Oklahoma Sooners offensive lineman Eric Mensik was interviewed by HBO Real Sports, and implied he was a player steered to an easier major after he flunked a class in his original choice of study. The interview aired Tuesday night.

Mensik also claimed his degree in multi interdisciplinary studies has hindered his chance for a better job.

Sooners head coach Bob Stoops was not happy about the way HBO portrayed OU's football academic policies.

"You get out of college what you want to," Stoops said on WWLS sports radio. "That's not just football or any athlete, it's any student."

Former OU athletic academic advisor Dr. Gerald Gurney called the process of keeping athletes academically eligible is a "fraudulent enterprise" and that the NCAA academic requirements system that penalizes schools for low graduation rates, is flawed. That system is referred to as the APR, Academic Progress Report.

"The APR is a catch 22 because it forces a guy to take a different major because of the fear of failure and not playing," said Stoops.

Stoops also claimed during the radio interview that HBO did not present the entire story.

Stoops said his players are suspended for a game after missing three classes. He says HBO was told that, as well as about other academic support for its athletes, by former player Mensik.

In September 2013, Sports Illustrated published a series of reports about the Oklahoma State football program that detailed players being paid, having their grades altered and receiving sexual favors.



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