Stillwater News Press

September 9, 2013

VIDEO: OSU officials comment about Sports Illustrated stories, NCAA investigation

By Chris Day
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University will fix any faults the NCAA discovers in its football program and move forward, Vice President of Athletics Mike Holder said Monday.Sports Illustrated magazine is scheduled to publish the results of its yearlong investigation into OSU’s football program this week in the magazine and on its website.

Sports Illustrated reporter George Dohrmann and Executive Editor B.J. Schecter informed OSU officials about general issues in the series on Aug. 28.

OSU officials notified the NCAA, which will assign an investigator to review the facts, Holder said.

“At the end of the day, we will come to some conclusions,”  Holder said. “We will deal with those, prop ourselves back up, polish up that OSU brand and move on down the road.

”The Sports Illustrated series is expected to focus on four areas. Most of the allegations happened between 2001 and 2007.

• Payments from boosters to football players for no-show jobs and players receiving cash bonuses for on-field performance.

• Players receiving grade changes to remain academically eligible and tutors doing their class assignments..

• Female hostesses for the Orange Pride football booster program providing sex to recruits.

• Widespread drug use as well as an uneven drug policy.