'Sports Illustrated' to allege series of violations at Oklahoma St.

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Mike Gundy is about to face plenty of off-field questions. (USATSI)
Mike Gundy is about to face plenty of off-field questions. (USATSI)
Sports Illustrated is poised to issue a report on widespread NCAA violations and other improprieties at Oklahoma State, the Oklahoman reported Saturday.

The investigative series will allege that former Mike Gundy assistant Joe DeForest paid players for performance, that players' grades were changed and their schoolwork done by tutors, that hostesses in the "Orange Pride" program had sex with recruits, and other violations stretching back as far as Les Miles' Cowboy coaching tenure.

Per the Oklahoman, the magazine has told the school that "85 percent of the allegations concern events between 2001 and 2007," outside the four-year NCAA statute of limitations. But DeForest, now an assistant at West Virginia, is alleged to have paid players as recently as 2011. He has denied the charges.

"Oklahoma State University is deeply troubled by these claims," president Burns Hargis said in a statement. "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."

The school has reportedly been told that the story will not threaten the NCAA eligibility of any current Cowboy player or coach.

The NCAA and the Big 12 have each been informed of the story, according to the Oklahoman.

Gundy replaced Miles in 2005 after the latter accepted the LSU head coaching position.

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