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September 8, 2013

Report: Sports Illustrated undercovers evidence of improprieties in Oklahoma State University's football program



“I don’t know of any improprieties while I was coaching there,” said Miles. “I can tell you this: We have always done things right. We worked hard. It has never been a place where you needed to cheat to have success.”

The Oklahoman identified former OSU assistant coach Joe DeForest, as someone who provided cash bonuses to players who made big plays or performed exceptionally in a game.

DeForest, now an assistant coach at West Virginia University, did not comment on the report, but West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck issued a statement saying the university has begun “an internal review to ensure the coach’s full compliance to NCAA rules while at West Virginia.”

Luck said DeForest has denied he made bonus payments to Oklahoma State players while coaching there from 2001 to 2011.

Oklahoma State's football program has prospered since 2001, with 75 wins and 50 losses. It has played in eight post-season bowl games during that time. The program won the Big 12 Conference championship in 2011 and defeated Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. It has played in eight post-season bowl games during that time.

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