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Oklahoma State football: More than a dozen ex-Cowboys tell SI they were involved in academic fraud

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED REPORT — Part 2 of the magazine's series on Oklahoma State football alleges widespread academic misdeeds during the Les Miles and Mike Gundy eras.
Staff Reports Published: September 11, 2013

Six sources, including two assistant coaches, reportedly told the magazine that they had teammates that seemed to be functionally illiterate, even after attending OSU for multiple years.

This report comes one day after SI released a lengthy investigative piece into the OSU program's alleged trend of paying players. Labeled “Money,” Part 1 alleged that players received cash payments for performance on the field and no-show jobs off of it.

Many former players, even some quoted in the story as sources, have since denied all the allegations levied by the report.

Thursday morning, in Part 3 — labeled “Drugs” — the magazine will delve into the alleged drug culture surrounding the program. Parts 4 (“Sex”) and 5 (“Fallout”) will be released on Friday and Tuesday morning, respectively.

Here's a synopsis, from SI, on the remaining three parts:

*Part 3: Drugs (Thursday morning): OSU tolerated and at times enabled recreational drug use, primarily through a specious counseling program that allowed some players to continue to use drugs while avoiding penalties. The school's drug policy was selectively enforced, with some stars going unpunished despite repeated positive tests.

 *Part 4: Sex (Friday morning): OSU's hostess program, Orange Pride, figured so prominently in the recruitment of prospects that the group more than tripled in size under previous head coach Les Miles. Both Miles and Mike Gundy, then an assistant coach, took the unusual step of personally interviewing candidates. Multiple former players and Orange Pride members say that a small subset of the group had sex with recruits, a violation of NCAA rules.

 *Part 5: The Fallout (next Tuesday morning): SI finds that many players who were no longer useful to the football program were cast aside, returning to worlds they had hoped to escape. Some have been incarcerated, others live on the streets, many have battled drug abuse and a few have attempted suicide.

See OSU's response to the series Read the second story on Sports Illustrated

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