Report accuses Okla. St. of violations

Oklahoma State is about to be the focus of a substantial
investigation that alleges they paid players for performance and
engaged in widespread academic misconduct, among a litany of other
transgressions.

Beginning Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. ET,
Sports Illustrated plans to release “The Dirty Game,”
a five-part look into Oklahoma State’s rise to national prominence
in the past 12 years.

The series will be released one part at a time from Sept. 10 to
Sept. 17 and covers money, academics, drugs, sex and “the
fallout.” 

Sports Illustrated claims it has “independent and
on-the-record interviews with more than 60 former OSU football
players who played from 2001 to ’10, as well as current and
former OSU football staffers.”

SI says the widespread violations began under LSU head
coach Les Miles, who coached Oklahoma State from 2001-04, and
continued under current coach Mike Gundy, who was promoted to the
head job from offensive coordinator in 2005.

Representatives of the magazine were in Stillwater, Okla., last
week to notify university officials in person of the upcoming
report.

On Monday, Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder
addressed the media regarding the alleged improprieties. 

“As the athletic director at Oklahoma State and an alumnus of
Oklahoma State University, I don’t want to believe that it’s true,”
Holder told reporters. “We take this personally. We’re all
committed to playing by the rules and doing things the right way
around here, and for people to say that’s not what’s happening is
very disturbing.”