OSU allegations claim misconduct with the Oklahoma State University Cowboys football program spans six years. Moreover, sources allege OSU recruits were exploited using drugs, sexual favors, money, and academic dishonesty.
On September 10, KJRH news wrote that allegations with the OSU football program involves years from 2001 to 2007.
The Oklahoma State University allegations covered in a five-part SI series called, The Dirty Game," involve interviews with over 100 sources, including 64 players, over a 10-month period.
Additionally, past and current staff members were probed about their knowledge of allegations the OSU program wanted to win by any means necessary.
Allegations from the OSU investigation outline transgressions and behavior from officials that focused on winning, even if it meant cheating.
"We wanted to take a comprehensive look at a big-time program, particularly one that made a rapid ascent. There's obviously a steady drumbeat of scandal in college sports – improper benefits here; a recruiting violation there – and plenty of rumor and hearsay about the unseemly underbelly. For this piece, we were more about venturing inside the factory and seeing how the sausage is made," said Sports Illustrated executive editor, John Wertheim on the OSU allegations.
Then, OSU coach, Les Miles, is quoted saying this back in 2000: "We're going to win and we're going to do things my way."
At the time, Miles' vision was a tall order; the Cowboys had just completed another losing season, their 11th over 12 years. At 3-8, sports pundits, some players at the time, and even fans, believed it was "laughable" at best.
In Miles' first season as OSU head coach, the team improved only to 4-7. However, in 2002, the Stillwater team logged its first winning season (8-5) and a trip to a bowl game, its first since 1988.
Today, the Oklahoma University Cowboys have enjoyed 11 winning seasons over the last 12. However, sources from the Sports Illustrated series suggest rules were broken along the way.
Unconfirmed OSU allegations suggest the players were enticed with rewards that were clear violations of sports ethics.
On money, several former football players went on record and admitted to taking secret cash money incentives and bonuses. Furthermore, allegedly 29 others are said to have taken money for play.
About a dozen players admit to having their homework done for them and being parties to academic dishonesty in exchange for football play.
"The goal was not to educate but to get [the best players] the passing grades they needed to keep playing," said Fath' Carter, who played at OSU from 2000 to '03.
Allegations at OSU also included narcotics.
"Drugs were everywhere," said Donnell Williams, a linebacker on the 2006 team.
Reportedly, football players used and sold drugs, both on and off campus. Additionally, sources claim that school officials turned a blind eye to top-notch players, while coming down hard on those considered "expendable."
Sex was also used as an inducement, according to the report, and the school's hostess program, the Orange Pride, was at the center of wowing players with favors.
"The idea was to get [recruits] to think if they came [to OSU] it was going to be like that all the time, with all these girls wanting to have sex with you," said Artrell Woods, a Cowboys wide receiver from 2006 to '08.
The OSU allegations are just that: allegations, at this point. However, the harsh reality is many of the players at the center of the school's controversy have fallen to hard times.
Some have battled drug and alcohol abuse, failed sports careers, domestic violence charges, homelessness, and depression. Others were victims of suicide.
This story from the SI probe is developing.