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Oklahoma State football: Sports Illustrated report expected to reveal alleged improprieties in Cowboys' program

by Berry Tramel Modified: September 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm •  Published: September 7, 2013

* Widespread drug abuse and a drug policy that isn’t uniformly administered.

* Hostesses in the Orange Pride program providing sex to recruits.

Sources said OSU has notified the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference of the expected Sports Illustrated series.

The source added neither Cowboy coach Mike Gundy nor any current players were interviewed for the project, and that Sports Illustrated’s findings indicated that the program is not in the same state it once was. Gundy succeeded Miles in January 2005.

Miles was asked about the report Saturday after the Louisiana State University-University of Alabama at Birmingham game.

“I don't know of any improprieties while I was the coach there. I can tell you this: We have always done things right. I really enjoyed my time at Oklahoma State. I felt like I met a lot of wonderful people and we made our football team better. We worked hard. It has never been a place where you needed to cheat to have success,” he said.

Sports Illustrated did not provide OSU all the specifics of the accusations, or the names of those it interviewed.

In the press release, OSU athletic director Mike Holder said, “We are shocked by the allegations raised about our football program. We take the allegations seriously. Whether they have merit or not, we don’t know. But we will find out.

“Our athletic department understands the high expectations OSU president Burns Hargis and the OSU board of regents have set for us. Our coaches and staff understand we will not tolerate any violations that compromise our pursuit of excellence, the highest of ethical standards, and full compliance with NCAA rules and regulations.

“We are committed to playing by the rules on and off the field. We strive to be a source of pride for our fans, our university and the Big 12 Conference.”

Sports Illustrated notified OSU officials on Aug. 28 of the planned series, which they said has been in the works for almost a year. Senior writer George Dohrmann and executive editor B.J. Schecter came to Stillwater a few days ago to provide details of the series and said reporter Thayer Evans also was part of the reporting team.


by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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