Oklahoma State football: Sports Illustrated report alleges players paid for performance, no-show jobs

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED REPORT — Some ex-Oklahoma State players say former assistant coach Joe DeForest ran a system that paid players for quarterback sacks, special-team plays and other statistics.
Staff Reports Published: September 10, 2013

That includes, according to the report, being paid for yardwork and other jobs around DeForest's house that they never did.

“DeForest says he compensated players who worked at his house but always ‘paid them fair market value based on services rendered,' ” the SI report states. “Oklahoma State's compliance office does not have a record of clearing a player to work for DeForest.”

This was Part 1 – titled ‘Money' – of a five-part series that will continue on the site tomorrow morning at 8 a.m., releasing a different section the next three days, followed by the finale next Tuesday. It is the cover story of the Sept. 16 magazine.

Here's a synopsis, from SI, of the remaining four parts:

*Part 2: Academics (Wednesday morning): Widespread academic misconduct, which included tutors and other OSU personnel completing coursework for players, and professors giving passing grades for little or no work, all in the interest of keeping top players eligible.

 

*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.

Read the first story on Sports Illustrated

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