Oklahoma State football: A look at those mentioned in the Sports Illustrated article

by Michael Baldwin Modified: September 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm •  Published: September 10, 2013

Sports Illustrated's investigative series on Oklahoma State football mentioned 29 names in Part I of a five-part series. Here is a look at each person's background at OSU and their role in the story:

Tatum Bell: Running back from DeSoto, Texas. Bell is seventh all-time at OSU, rushing for 3,409 yards from 2001-03.

SI reference: Seymore Shaw said Bell couldn't keep his mouth shut after receiving cash bonuses. In the article Bell said he never received any cash payments.

William Bell: Defensive end from Belton, Texas, Bell redshirted in 2004. He was dismissed from the team the following spring for violation of team rules.

SI reference: In the article Bell said an assistant coach he couldn't remember directed him to a booster who needed work done. When they arrived Bell said he and a teammate were told their job was to fish for catfish.

Doug Bond: The offensive lineman from South Grand Prairie was projected to be a starter in 2005 but was dismissed from the team in May for violation of team rules.

SI reference: Bond is quoted in the article that “they take care of their cats” but said he never received any cash payments.

Adarius Bowman: Wide receiver transferred from North Carolina following a marijuana arrest. Playing only two years at OSU, Bowman is sixth all-time with 2,187 receiving yards. Bowman currently is in his sixth season in the CFL.

SI reference: According to ex-teammates Bowman was given huge cash bonuses. Bowman repeatedly declined SI's interview requests.

Fath' Carter: A safety from El Reno, Carter recorded 63 career tackles in 43 games at OSU from 2001-03.

SI reference: Carter is quoted extensively throughout the article about various methods of payments. Carter said he observed “$500 handshakes” from boosters in the locker room. Carter claimed FCA director John Talley paid him and other players to shoe horses, a skill they didn't know and did not perform. Stating most players used cash payments to purchase everyday items like food, clothing and movie tickets, Carter said boosters would slip players money, up to $100, during the walk from the Student Union to the stadium on game days.

Ricky Coxeff: A cornerback from HoustonNorthShore, Coxeff played in 15 games for OSU in 2003-04, compiling 16 tackles. Facing a lengthy suspension following a violation of team rules, Coxeff left the team after his redshirt sophomore season.

SI reference: Coxeff said he worked in a female booster's yard a half dozen times and was paid $100 to $200 each time for “barely doing anything.” Coxeff also said he'd wait in the car on several occasions while Darrent Williams and Tatum Bell would go in to assistant coach Joe DeForest's home, returning with cash.

Victor DeGrate: The defensive end from DeSoto, Texas, is eighth all-time with 17 career sacks. A three-year starter, DeGrate recorded 197 career tackles from 2003-06.

SI reference: According to ex-teammates DeGrate received cash bonuses, allegations DeGrate denied in the article.

Joe DeForest: Was special teams/defensive backs coach and recruited the Houston area for OSU for 11 years. DeForest is in his 24th season as a Division I assistant, his second season at West Virginia after a lengthy stint on Miles' and Gundy's staffs (2001-2012).

SI reference: DeForest is accused of everything from performance bonuses to direct cash payments. DeForest also reportedly told players a quarterback hurry was worth $50, a tackle between $75 and $100 and a sack $200 to $250. DeForest is accused giving players money for work done at his house. In the article, DeForest is quoted he paid players “fair market value” on services rendered. DeForest denied all other allegations.

Josh Fields: The quarterback from Stillwater ranks fourth all-time in passing yards (6,090). Following a career (2001-03) that included two wins over OU, Fields was a first-round pick in Major League Baseball.

SI reference: According to ex-teammates, Fields received cash bonuses. Fields said in the article he never received any cash payments.

Kevin Fite: OSU's compliance director who monitors speaking engagements with Stillwater FCA director John Talley.

SI reference: Fite is quoted that paid speaking engagements were never cleared by his office.

Brad Girtman: Defensive tackle from Houston Memorial played one season, starting three games, including the Cotton Bowl. His one year on campus Girtman constantly was in trouble. He racked up demerits known team wide. Academic issues officially ended his career but a throat-slashing gesture threatened his status even if he had remained at OSU.

SI reference: One of the more outspoken players quoted in the article, Girtman said he saw Darrent Williams receive an envelope full of cash following a home win over KansasState. Girtman said bonuses were dictated by a player's stats. He claims assistant coach Joe DeForest gave him a debit card with $5,000 the summer he arrived in Stillwater and that DeForest also give him a list of boosters and their telephone numbers, specifically pointing out one booster that he never called. Girtman also said John Talley paid him $1,500 to $2,000 in the summer every two weeks, far more value than the job he was doing.

Vernon Grant: The safety from Duncanville recorded 218 career tackles (2002-04) but tragically was killed in a car accident in his hometown in 2005.

SI reference: According to ex-teammates Grant received cash bonuses.

Mike Gundy: Former All-Big 12 quarterback at OSU, Gundy is in his ninth season as OSU's head coach. The Cowboys are 69-35 in the Gundy era (2005-present).


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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