Jarid Atkinson, the Oklahoma State cheerleader who tried to trip Oklahoma wide receiver Eric Striker during the rivalry game between the schools last weekend, was publicly reprimanded on Tuesday for his actions.
“In accord with the Conference’s Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct policy, Mr. Atkinson’s attempt to trip an Oklahoma football player was in violation of the rule prohibiting physically or verbally abusive acts toward an opponent’s team members during a contest,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “I appreciate the cooperation of Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder in handling this matter and accept Mr. Atkinson’s public apology for his action.”
OSU deputy athletic director Dave Martin told The Oklahoman on Monday that Atkinson would be disciplined for his actions. Atkinson told Martin that he wasn’t trying to trip Striker after the receiver scored the game-winning touchdown against the Cowboys, but that he was just playfully sticking out his foot.
Mike Tomlin and Sal Alosi think Atkinson is getting off easy here.