After hearing that a series of highly-negative media reports are to be published this week regarding the Oklahoma State University’s football team, Oklahoma State’s athletic director Mike Holder and Cowboys football coach Mike Gundy are addressing alleged improprieties Which are to be released by “Sports Illustrated,” according to USA Today on Monday.
According to the report, the negative allegations against the University’s football program date back more than a decade ago but also include events that occurred as recently as 2011. Most of the alleged occurrences of violations occurred between 2001 and 2007.
The allegations include payments from coaches and boosters to the football players. There was a bonus program for Cowboys players administered by former assistant coach Joe DeForest, who is now at West Virginia, which had coaches and boosters paying athletes – including the payment of paying for jobs not performed, overpaying for jobs, and strictly paying players for their performance which are all violations. The allegations also include academic corruption involving player’s grades being changed and their work being completed by others. Finally, the report includes the illegality of drug abuse among the football players and the players having sexual relations with hostesses in the school’s Orange Pride Program.
Holder and Gundy have said that they are very concerned about the stories coming out. Holder told the Tulsa World publication that he doesn’t want to believe that the stories are true. He said that the allegations are taken personally and that, at the University, they are committed to playing by the rules and doing things the right way. He also said that nothing will be covered up, and as the athletic director he takes full responsibility.
Grundy claims that the football department has had tremendous support during this ordeal from the school’s administration and from the people behind the scenes who have look at the concerns and researched it.
When the stories are published this week, Oklahoma State has stated that it will hire an independent investigator to review the allegations. The University has already notified the NCAA of the allegations.