Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis and the OSU/A&M Board of Regents announced Monday the appointment of former NCAA Director of Enforcement Charles E. Smrt to lead an independent review of the alleged misconduct inside the football program following a five-part investigative series by Sports Illustrated.
“While the articles do not implicate any current coaches or players to have direct involvement in any alleged misconduct, we have a responsibility to confront these disturbing reports head on and with complete transparency,” Hargis said.
Smrt spent 18 years as the NCAA’s Director of Enforcement and Director of Enforcement Supervisor before founding The Compliance Group, a consulting firm that specializes in compliance audits and the review of information concerning potential NCAA violations, in 1999.
“I appreciate the unfettered access and cooperation that President Hargis has offered to help me carry out my review,” Smrt said. “He has asked me to pursue the facts wherever they may lead. I assured him that I will do so, and that I will conduct the review with care and urgency.”
Athletic director Mike Holder said he applauds Harigs for undertaking a comprehensive review and that “we welcome the scrutiny.” Coach Mike Gundy added, “I support a quick and comprehensive review. I am proud of our football program, and I can assure everyone we are committed as coaches and staff to winning the right way.