WVU issues findings after SI series on Okla. St

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 23, 2013 at 10:54 am •  Published: October 23, 2013
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia said Wednesday it found no misconduct or violations of NCAA rules involving an assistant football coach who was identified by Sports Illustrated in articles that detailed allegations of transgressions about Oklahoma State's football program.

Last month Sports Illustrated identified Joe DeForest as an assistant coach who paid cash bonuses to Oklahoma State players of up to $500 for performance. DeForest spent a decade with the Cowboys before being hired at West Virginia in 2012.

While not identifying DeForest by name Wednesday, West Virginia said its investigation found no violations or misconduct at WVU.

"WVU is unable to comment on the veracity of the media allegations levied against the assistant coach while employed at another institution, and defers to that institution, as well as appropriate NCAA infractions personnel, to complete a review and assessment of those allegations," the statement said.

Sports Illustrated's five-part series included interviews with more than 60 former players who played for Oklahoma State from 2001-10.

Oklahoma State has appointed former NCAA enforcement officer Charles E. Smrt to handle an independent review of the alleged violations.

The NCAA has declined comment. NCAA rules bar boosters from providing cash or other benefits based on athletic performance.