Oklahoma State football program accused of drug abuse, sex with school hostesses

OSU's football program will reportedly be the subject of an investigation into improprieties...

OSU's football program will reportedly be the subject of an investigation into improprieties involving drug abuse, grade changes and alleged sexual relations with the school's Orange Pride hostesses. (Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP)

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In an unusual move, Oklahoma State announced Saturday that it will likely be the subject of a series of stories alleging improprieties in its football program and to be published in the coming days by Sports Illustrated.

The Oklahoman said the report, which will trace improprieties back for more than a decade, will likely include allegations of payments from coaches and boosters to players, a bonus program run by former assistant coach Joe DeForest (now at West Virginia), grade changes and players' classroom and homework done by others, drug abuse and alleged sexual relations with the school's Orange Pride hostesses.

"Oklahoma State University is deeply troubled by these claims," school president Burns Hargis said in a news release. "We will investigate the accuracy of the allegations and take all appropriate action. We do not condone or tolerate improper conduct in our athletic programs. OSU requires everyone affiliated with the university to follow the rules and adhere to the highest ethical standards."

In addition, West Virginia has launched a probe into the allegations against DeForest, athletic director Oliver Luck told the Charleston Gazette.

OSU said it will hire an independent investigator to probe the allegations once they are formally published. The majority of alleged infractions were believed to have occurred between 2001 and 2007.

"We are shocked by the allegations raised about our football program," Mike Holder, Oklahoma State's Vice President of Athletics said in the school release. "We take the allegations seriously. Whether they have merit or not, we don't know. But we will find out.

"Our athletic department understands the high expectations OSU President Burns Hargis and the OSU Board of Regents have set for us. Our coaches and staff understand we will not tolerate any violations that compromise our pursuit of excellence, the highest of ethical standards, and full compliance with NCAA rules and regulations."

Sports Illustrated reportedly told the school of its findings of a nearly year-long investigation on Aug. 28 and that it was preparing to publish its findings.


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