After releasing the five-part series, the “Dirty Game,” alleging misconduct in the OSU Football program, Sports Illustrated editors are now explaining the intent of the saga.
Deadspin published the explanations executive editor Jon Wertheim and managing editor Chris Stone are giving.
Wertheim responded to one of the comments asking why they took on OSU.
Stone said to another person who commented on the articles that things won’t change unless we admit there are issues.
Chris Stone: You can’t have a meaningful discussion about college sports, let alone meaningful change, unless you know what the sleaze looks like. It’s not enough to say “I know it exists.” There are plenty of people, well-intentioned people, who think you can philosophize in a vacuum and effect change. You can’t. Everyone is doing it everyone’s favorite cudgel. But it also remains the best argument for continued reporting about the system, no matter how numb people have become to it, whether it’s OSU, Miami, North Carolina, etc.