OSU allegations have many fans and former students of Oklahoma State University shocked this week at rumors of football players getting sexual favors, having grades changed, and being paid as recruits, KJRH News reports this Tuesday, Sept. 10. The official investigation, called “The Dirty Game,” is part of a series across Sports Illustrated media platforms that are accusing serious misconduct in OSU’s football program.
The OSU allegations have been formulated after nearly a year of inside research, alleges Sports Illustrated editor John Wertheim, who says the “The Dirty Game” investigation was a "truly shocking .... devastating" find.
“We wanted to take a comprehensive look at a big-time program, particularly one that made a rapid ascent,” he said as the first installment of the five-part series approaches. “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."
The initial part of the investigation will be looking at “Money,” or the wrongful payment of OSU football players, particularly for those who received bonus money payments for play on-the-field. The five part series, as a whole regarding the OSU allegations, are described below:
“Part 1: Money ( On SI.com Tuesday, 9/10 and in the 9/16/13 SI issue ): SI finds that OSU used a bonus system orchestrated by an assistant coach whereby players were paid for their performance on the field, with some stars collecting $500 or more per game. In addition, the report finds that OSU boosters and at least two assistant coaches funneled money to players via direct payments and a system of no-show and sham jobs. Some players say they collected more than $10,000 annually in under-the-table payouts.
-- Part 2: Academics (On SI.com Wednesday, 9/11): Widespread academic misconduct, which included tutors and other OSU personnel completing coursework for players, and professors giving passing grades for little or no work, all in the interest of keeping top players eligible.
-- Part 3: Drugs (On SI.com Thursday, 9/12): OSU tolerated and at times enabled recreational drug use, primarily through a specious counseling program that allowed some players to continue to use drugs while avoiding penalties. The school’s drug policy was selectively enforced, with some stars going unpunished despite repeated positive tests.
-- Part 4: Sex (On SI.com Friday, 9/13): OSU’s hostess program, Orange Pride, figured so prominently in the recruitment of prospects that the group more than tripled in size under Miles. Both Miles and Gundy took the unusual step of personally interviewing candidates. Multiple former players and Orange Pride members say that a small subset of the group had sex with recruits, a violation of NCAA rules.
-- Part 5: The Fallout (On SI.com Tuesday, 9/17, and in the 9/23/13 SI issue): SI finds that many players who were no longer useful to the football program were cast aside, returning to worlds they had hoped to escape. Some have been incarcerated, others live on the streets, many have battled drug abuse and a few have attempted suicide.”
Both OSU officials and fans are said to be stunned at the news, and that such allegations (ranging from the sexual favors to the grade changes) could be going on in the esteemed football program at the well-known school. Some former students and athletes have since denied these allegations, while others refuse to acknowledge that they may be true. More details are expected to be revealed on these issues and "The Dirty Game" investigation as the Sports Illustrated platform series’ continues this week, concluded the report, so stay tuned.