Sports Illustrated has been investigating the Oklahoma State football program and has uncovered the exact kind of activities one would expect from an investigation into a major college football program. SI has not yet published its full accounting but The Oklahoman has several details, including coaches paying players and recruits who reportedly met with the assistant coaches from Tech U.
The allegations go back to the Les Miles era and 85 percent cover the period from 2001-2007. Some concern former longtime assistant Joe DeForest. As reported by The Oklahoman, the allegations are as follows:
* Coaches and boosters paying athletes, including violations ranging from paying for jobs not performed, overpaying for jobs and strictly paying players for performance.
DeForest is accused of running a bonus program – paying players for specific plays – as recently as 2011.
* A environment of academic impropriety, from players not attending class to grade changing to tutors doing work for players.
* Widespread drug abuse and a drug policy that isn’t uniformly administered.
* Hostesses in the Orange Pride program providing sex to recruits.
OSU's senior associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth said that "no eligibility or NCAA concerns regarding current staff or players" are expected. OSU will likely bring in its own investigator to cover its ass, anyway.
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