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.”