Chris Collins Dismissed From Team

Oklahoma State announced Monday that sophomore linebacker Chris Collins has been dismissed from the football team. Collins, who pleaded guilty last week to aggravated sexual assault charges iof a 12-year-old, will be allowed to remain on scholarship and continue his education at OSU, said OSU Interim System CEO and President Marlene Strathe.

In a statement released by the school, Strathe said, "Oklahoma State University's head football coach, Mike Gundy, met today with Chris Collins to discuss his situation. Chris has been a model student-athlete since he arrived at OSU last year and coach Gundy felt that he had earned the privilege of hearing the decision face-to-face from his head coach.

"During the meeting Coach Gundy informed Chris that he would no longer be a member of the football team and the University supports Coach Gundy's decision.

"Because of the way Chris has conducted himself since coming to OSU, we will honor his athletic scholarship so that he can continue his education at OSU, if he is so inclined. If he decides to transfer to another school, we will assist him in doing so. We feel deeply sad for everyone involved."

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