OSU allegations that were published by Sports Illustrated in a five-part investigative series has the school "very concerned" with what more is to come. KFOR reported on Sept. 9, 2013, that school officials will speak out against SI about the OSU allegations that are being nicknamed "The Dirty Game."
"I don't know a lot of specifics," said OSU athletic director Mike Holder. "“I know a little bit. I know enough to be very concerned."
The series from SI is a culmination of a 10-month investigation, interviews with 64 former OSU players who were on the team between the years of 1999 and 2011, and interviews with current and former staff members.
The OSU allegations state that Oklahoma State built an elite team over the course of the last decade with the help of:
- Booster payouts for work not performed
- Player payouts
- Academic improprieties
- Lax drug monitoring
- A hostess program that provided recruits with sex
The OSU allegations are all pointing at current head football coach Mike Gundy and former coach Les Miles, now with LSU. In 2005, Gundy was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach after Miles departed the program.
“As the athletic director at Oklahoma State and an alumnus of Oklahoma State University, I don’t want to believe that it’s true," Holder said in a statement Monday.
"Our goal is to separate fact from fiction and then we can start dealing with it,” Holder said. “We’ve already notified the NCAA and they’re going to assign an investigator to this."
Part one was simply titled "The Money" and it was published on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. It goes through the details of players admitting that they received cash bonuses. Some say they received between $2,000 and $10,000 annually. Others reportedly received up to $25,000.
"The Academics," "The Drugs," and "The Sex" regarding the OSU allegations will be published respectively on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.