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REPORT: Oklahoma State paid players

REPORT: Oklahoma State paid players

(Sports  Network) - Allegations that Oklahoma State football players were paid 
for  performance  is part  of a Sports  Illustrated investigation that details 
numerous issues within the Cowboys' program over the past 13 years. 

The  magazine said it conducted a 10-month probe that included interviews with 
64 Oklahoma State football  players from 1999 to 2011, as well as current and 
former staff members. 

A  five-part  series, starting  with  money,  was  published Tuesday  on  SI's 
website.  In  addition to illegal payments  of players, the series consists of 
academic misconduct, drug use and sexual favors. 

According  to  the story,  the payments  to players ranged  from money for big 
plays during a game to cash from sham jobs performed. The money, anywhere from 
$2,000  to  $10,000 annually,  came from boosters  and assistant coaches. Some 
star players even received upwards of $25,000. 

Brad Girtman, a defensive tackle from 2003-04, told SI that he was paid on the 
low  end, receiving at most $500 from a football staff member. He also said he 
saw some stars get "monster payments." 

Girtman said his pay rates -- $50 for a quarterback hurry and up to $250 for a 
sack  --  were told  to him by  assistant Joe DeForest,  who worked under head 
coach Les Miles from 2001-04 and current Cowboys coach Mike Gundy until 2011. 

DeForest is now an assistant at West Virginia and denied the allegations. 

"I have never paid a player for on-field performance," DeForest told SI in the 
story.  "I have been coaching college football for almost 24 years, and I have 
built  a  reputation of being  one of the  best special teams coordinators and 
college recruiters in the country based on hard work and integrity." 

The  SI story  said boosters  were not  permitted access  to players  when Bob 
Simmons was head coach from 1995 to 2000, but Miles loosened the reins when he 
took  over  in 2001. Miles, though,  apparently told the magazine that players 
were not paid and boosters were not given much access. 

As  far  as academic issues, the  brief overview said teammates indicated that 
school work was done for them. The drug use included players smoking marijuana 
before  games, and a small number of members in the football program's hostess 
group had sex with recruits. 

On  Monday, in  anticipation  of  the release  of  the  story, Oklahoma  State 
athletic  director Mike  Holder apologized for what was coming and said he had 
already notified the NCAA. 

"We're  all committed to  playing by the rules and doing things the right way, 
and  for people to  say that is not what's happening is very disturbing," said 
Holder  in a statement Monday. "Our goal is to separate fact from fiction, and 
then  we can  start dealing  with  it. We've  already notified  the NCAA,  and 
they're  going to  assign an  investigator to  this. We'll  reach out  and get 
someone  to stand with  that investigator and go through the facts. And at the 
end  of  the day, we'll  come to some conclusions,  and we'll deal with those. 
We'll  prop ourselves  back up, polish up  that OSU brand and move on down the 
road." 

This  year's Oklahoma  State squad is ranked  12th in the nation and off a 2-0 
start. 

 

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