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September 16, 2013

UPDATE WITH VIDEO: OSU hires former NCAA Enforcement Director to lead investigation into SI claims

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University officials hired former Director of NCAA Enforcement Charles E. Smrt to lead an independent investigation  into   misconduct allegations raised in a Sports Illustrated five-part expose of the university’s football program.

The SI series ended Monday, a day earlier than originally announced, with the online publication of an article that focused on former players who lost their scholarships for violating team rules, arrests or injuries. The other articles examined illegal payments to players, academic misconduct, drug use and sales by players and the use of sex to entice recruits to OSU.

The accusations outlined in the SI series, “The Dirty Game,” primarily happened between 2001-2007.

Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis and the OSU/A&M Board of Regents jointly announced Smrt’s appointment.

“With the strong support of the OSU Board of Regents, I have authorized a thorough and expeditious investigation. To assure that the investigation is unwavering in its pursuit of the truth, the university has retained Charles E. Smrt, a veteran NCAA enforcement officer and one of the foremost experts in the compliance field, to serve as lead independent investigator,” Hargis said.

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