Part 4 of Sports Illustrated's five-part investigation into the culture of Oklahoma State football claims that some hostesses for the Orange Pride program had sex with recruits as a way of enticing them to come to OSU.
But the report claims that none of the 30 former players or the 14 former Orange Pride members that they spoke to on the record had direct knowledge of a coach or athletic department staff member instructing a hostess to have sex with a recruit
The magazine claims, through conversations with a former Orange Pride adviser and former OSU staff members, that coaches and assistants would sometimes decide which girls to pair with certain recruits.
It also claims that once Les Miles took over in 2001, the membership and importance of the program ramped up, and that Miles and current coach Mike Gundy played a role in interviewing and deciding on the potential members.
“I am not aware of this ever happening,” Miles reportedly wrote in an email to SI, regarding the sex as a recruiting boost, “and am quite sure that no staff member was aware of recruits sleeping with this group of students or any other students.”
This report, the fourth in this five-part series, comes after SI alleged earlier this week that OSU players between 2001-2011 were getting paid for performance and no-show jobs and had a widespread marijuana problem. The magazine also had a report on alleged academic misconduct throughout the program, claiming tutors did work for players and some professors gave them unearned grades.
The report has come under some recent scrutiny over the past few days, including an article from ESPN that refutes claims made in the report by Fath' Carter, one of SI's biggest sources.
The magazine released a statement, sticking behind its report:
“In its 10-month investigation of the Oklahoma State football program, Sports Illustrated spoke independently with more than sixty former players and eight former assistant coaches as well as members of the University's administration. Interviews were recorded and subsequently reviewed by a team of editors and fact checkers. Sports Illustrated stands behind the work and the investigation.”
Part 5 (“The Fallout”) is scheduled for release next Tuesday morning.
Here's a synopsis, from SI, of the finale:
*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.