Summary of Oklahoma St allegations

Summary of Oklahoma St allegations

Published Oct. 21, 2014 6:46 p.m. ET

Below is a list of allegations from Sports Illustrated regarding Oklahoma State, published in 2013. The findings are from independent investigator The Compliance Group (TCG) and the results of an NCAA Notice of Allegations sent to Oklahoma State:

Allegation: Student-athletes were paid by boosters and assistant football coaches in part through a ''bonus'' system based upon big plays or through provision of excessive wages for employment.

Findings: No current players reported receiving impermissible payments from coaching staff. One former player said he received approximately $20 from a staff member to buy food for his young son. No players quoted in the article reported that they received payments from boosters. Two reported receiving less than $100 for work not performed, and in both situations, the stories were not corroborated. Information was not substantiated that coaching staff or boosters paid players for ''big hits'' or for work not performed.

Allegation: Tutors arranged by athletic or university staff completed coursework for players and professors gave grades for little or no work at times.


Finding: A football non-coaching staff member possibly provided too much assistance to a former player. Overall, information was not substantiated that Oklahoma State's academic services unit provided excessive assistance.

Allegation: Members of Orange Pride, a student hostess group that assisted in recruiting, had sex with recruits.

Finding: Current or former players who were interviewed reported they had no sexual activity with any Orange Pride member on their official visit or at any point. The organization was not sufficiently aligned with the admissions office, so all hosting duties performed by Orange Pride members were impermissible. The NCAA's Committee on Infractions could consider this a violation.

Allegation: Oklahoma State had widespread marijuana use and the university's drug testing policy favored those players who received more playing time.

Finding: On four occasions, the applicable penalty for failed drug tests was not applied, but TCG concluded athletic ability was not the reason.

The NCAA's notice of allegations says the school failed to follow policies regarding athlete drug use. It said five athletes from January 2008 and October 2012 tested positive for banned substances and were allowed to play without the required corrective or disciplinary action. In one case, the notice says an athlete was not dismissed after a fourth failed test and allowed the athlete to compete during the first half of the season. This would be an infraction.

Allegation: Players who were not useful to the program were ''cast aside'' and many had criminal, drug and other mental health issues, with at least the suggestion that these issues were in part due to them being cast aside.

Finding: The TCG report does not directly address this part of the series.