Running Back Tyreek Hill Dismissed from Oklahoma State Football Program: Fans Reaction


In a swift move by the Oklahoma State administration in light of Tyreek Hill’s arrest Thursday, the 20 year old running back and return specialist was dismissed from the team on Friday afternoon. Hill has also been dismissed from the OSU track team. As read here on Saturday Blitz, Hill is facing felony domestic assault charges and battery by strangulation.

In a statement released by the Oklahoma State on Friday, the statement reads:

"“Oklahoma State University does not tolerate domestic abuse or violence. Based on the evidence and the serious allegations that have been made, Head Football Coach Mike Gundy has announced that Tyreek Hill has been dismissed from the OSU football team. He also has been dismissed from the track team. The allegations are under investigation by Stillwater Police and by the OSU Office of Student Conduct. Those processes will proceed independently.”"

What was once a promising career by the junior 20 year old speedster from Pearson, Georgia, is now in serious jeopardy of facing prison time. The victim even alluded to the fact that Hill had ‘A volatile temper and that he (Hill) thought is was OK to punch and shake her.’ Add to the fact that the woman is eight weeks pregnant with Hill’s child and that he punched her in the stomach makes the OSU brass’ decision an easy one to make. Tyreek Hill is due in Payne County court on January 13th.

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On 4th down with less than a minute to play in the Bedlam game against Oklahoma, Tyreek Hill raced into OSU legendary status by taking the punt 92 yards into the end zone and tying the score at 35 all. Oklahoma State won in overtime 38-35.

And what were the OSU fans’ reaction to Hill’s arrest and dismissal? Via Twitter, @BradleyBowling says, “The fact he went from immortality to infamy in five days still seems surreal. However, I believe that Oklahoma State got it absolutely correct. There is NO PLACE for domestic violence in today’s society. Especially that against women. Those guilty must be made an example of.”

@den_low echoes almost the same sentiment, “I’m disappointed that he has put himself in this situation. From what we know he’s been a good kid. He’s so talented. I hope & pray he works on making himself a better person. I’m happy with the way (Coach) Gundy & OSU handled it. They didn’t drag it out. I think they did what they had to do in this situation. I think the school can set the tone for other schools moving forward. No tolerance.”

But perhaps @OSUmailman said it best when he said, “It was upsetting to hear of the arrest. As a father, you hope these young men can be individuals your kids can use as role models. As for the dismissal, I’ve never been prouder of my school for handling the situation in the right manner. Too many schools keep players based solely on their ability to help your program.

From hero to zero in such a short period of time, it does seem like Oklahoma State did the right thing in being swift with their decision with Tyreek Hill. With a rash of domestic assaults plaguing the game of football, most notably the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations in the NFL, colleges like Oklahoma State are wasting no time in dismissing a student athlete no matter the glory bestowed upon them in the weeks’ prior and should be looked upon as the standard by which all FBS team’s should handle these situations when they arise.

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