A Sports Illustrated report claims that several Oklahoma State football players, from 2001 to 2011, received payment for performance and no-show jobs.
The allegations came in the first of a five-part series, labeled “The Dirty Game”, released by the magazine on its website this morning.
The details are extremely specific, starting with former cornerback Calvin Mickens, who claimed he got $200 after a solid performance in his first career game in 2005. From there, he claims, he continued to receive payments throughout the season – including $800 from a booster after one game — and saw others receiving cash, as well.
“In separate interviews seven other former Cowboys told SI they received cash payments,” the magazine claims. “29 other OSU players were named by teammates as having also taken money.”
The report alleges that Joe DeForest, an assistant at OSU from 2001-2011 and now the special teams coordinator at West Virginia, ran much of the pay for play system. DeForest denied these charges to The Oklahoman and Sports Illustrated.
Former defensive tackle Brad Girtman, who played at OSU between 2003-04, claimed that DeForest's payments were stat-based, telling the magazine that he received $50 for quarterback hurries, between $75 to $100 for tackles and $200 to $250 for sacks.
Former wide receiver Artrell Woods claimed that quarterback Bobby Reid, who played at OSU from 2005 to 2007, received payments early in his career, when he was the starter, but as his career sputtered out, he no longer got money. Reid denied these claims to Sports Illustrated.
The report also alleges that it was common for players to receive cash-filled envelopes from boosters on the postgame plane after road games. Noted booster T. Boone Pickens was not indicated among these claims, according to the SI report.
Along with DeForest, the report claims former assistant coach Larry Porter, who coached running backs at OSU from 2002-04 and now does the same at Texas, also made payments to players.
Among the arrangements set up by DeForest, Porter and some boosters, the report claims that they paid for “scam jobs,” funneling money to players for jobs they never did.Read the first story on Sports Illustrated