OSU allegations are sweeping through Oklahoma right now. ESPN reported on Sept. 10 that Oklahoma State Cowboys players who played under Les Miles starting in 2001 have been accused of accepting money to play football for the Cowboys.
The OSU allegations came from a big Sports Illustrated investigation that kicked off when some people stepped forward and told the magazine about wrongdoing in the OSU program.
Les Miles began coaching at OSU in 2001 before leaving for the LSU Tigers. While Miles denies all the allegations, if this is true it could bring down major NCAA penalties on OSU and Les Miles, which would also severely damage LSU.
The report alleges that players received anywhere from $2,000 a year to more than $25,000 a year depending on the player. Some former student athletes named in the report include quarterback Josh Fields, running back Tatum Bell and cornerback Darrent Williams.
"I'm in disbelief," Fields told ESPN after the report broke. "I never had anyone attempt to give me any type of payments or do my schoolwork and never saw my teammates accept money. I never accepted anything. Seeing my name in there was a shock."
There was also allegations that Bobby Reid received money as well, which brought back memories of a press conference with current head coach Mike Gundy, who defended Reid's maturity in 2007. If the OSU allegations stretched into the Gundy era, this could cripple the Cowboys' football program.
Some of the former players who have leveled the OSU allegations say that Les Miles made it "hospitable" for boosters to have access to players. Former defensive back Thomas Wright said that, the better a player played, the more he received. Fingers were also pointed at secondary coach Joe DeForest for deciding how much a player was paid. DeForest now works at West Virginia.
Les Miles denied all the allegations, saying that "We have always done things right." Mike Gundy said that "our administration, our people inside, will look at it and we'll see where we made mistakes. And we'll try to make ourselves better and we'll correct it and then we'll move forward."
Bobby Fields was a little more heavy handed in his statement on the OSU allegations.
"Anyone that played at OSU or is from Stillwater knows those guys (quoted) are not credible," Fields said. "If you thought guys were getting paid, why not prominent players instead of back ups and third-string guys?"
The OSU allegations come outside of the four year window for NCAA punishment, but there is still a chance the NCAA could penalize a school if there was a pattern that continued into the past four years.