Former OSU Players, Coaches Deny Sports Illustrated Allegations


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Updated: 9/10/2013 7:22 pm Published: 9/10/2013 7:04 pm


Oklahoma State University is hoping for a special football season this year, but whatever happens on the field will be tainted by claims of long-term serious misconduct in the program.
   
Sports Illustrated published part one of a 5-part investigative report Tuesday called "The Dirty Game."

It's the product of a 10-month investigation into the OSU program.
    
Tuesday's story part one is called "Money."

Former player William Bell told Sports Illustrated, "Anything we wanted, we get. It wasn't hard. We were in the limelight, and they treated us like that."  Eight former Cowboy players told Sports Illustrated they received cash payments.  29 other OSU players were named by teammates as having taken money.

According to the story the payments stretched from 2001 to at least 2011.

Sports Illustrated reports some players received $2,000 a year.  Others around $10,000.  And few stars got $25,000 or more

Former Player Kevin White told the writers, "Might buy a new car or a new TV, big flat screen TV or something. Get a new sound system in that. That's what let you know who was getting money from the alumni."

Many former players defended their school passionately after reading the investigative report.
    
Richetti Jones wrapped up his four-year cowboy career with OSU's historic Fiesta Bowl season in 2011.

FOX23 Sports Director Nathan Thompson spoke with Jones on the phone Tuesday.  He said point blank, "the allegations aren't true."

Jones added, "All you have to do is look at the source. Look at where this information is coming from. And most of the guys, 95% of the guys that are getting interviewed and saying these things were kicked off the team for one reason or another. They don't have anything positive to say about OSU because they're bitter. They're angry. They're full of resentment because they were kicked off the team."

Louisiana State University head coach Les Miles has been implicated in an alleged NCAA rules violation scandal from when he was head coach at Oklahoma State from 2001 to 2004.

Miles has insisted he did not break any rules and that he ran a clean program.

"I don't know of any improprieties while I was coaching there," Miles said to reporters on Saturday. "We always did things right."

Joe DeForest, an assistant under Miles at OSU, is directly accused in the pay-for-play scandal.

The current West Virginia Associate Head Coach has remained silent.

The University has said they will not address the controversy until after Saturday's game against Lamar.

The next four parts of the investigative series are called, "Academics," "Drugs," "Sex," and "The Fallout."

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