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Former NCAA Investigator Weighs In On What's Next For OSU

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Norman attorney and former NCAA investigator Brent Clark is familiar with similar scandals. Clark worked on the SMU investigation in 1976 and has also looked into the UCLA basketball program. Norman attorney and former NCAA investigator Brent Clark is familiar with similar scandals. Clark worked on the SMU investigation in 1976 and has also looked into the UCLA basketball program.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

A former NCAA investigator is giving new insight surrounding the alleged "Dirty Game" played behind the scenes at Oklahoma State University.

Part two of the Sports Illustrated five-part series published Wednesday says OSU allowed academic misconduct to keep players eligible to play football.

Norman attorney and former NCAA investigator Brent Clark is familiar with similar scandals. Clark worked on the SMU investigation in 1976 and has also looked into the UCLA basketball program. He says the scrutiny for OSU is far from over.

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"It's a high-profile case with serious allegations spanning a number of years," Clark said.

Accusations of pay-for-play cash, cheating and sex have magazines flying off newsstands.

"It's one of the unfortunate consequences of allegations … which is that, in a way, the penalty starts once the allegations are made known," said Clark.

Clark, an attorney for 35 years, started his career as an NCAA investigator. He no longer works for the organization and has nothing to do with the current case in Stillwater, but he does know what could come next.

Clarks says one or two NCAA investigators will likely be assigned to the OSU case. Credible allegations will then find their way into an NCAA official inquiry. OSU will do its own investigation to answer the charges. Then, there will be an NCAA hearing.

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"It certainly has the potential … of a multi-year probation," Clark said.

Also on the table could be could be the loss of scholarships and the prohibition in the participation of bowl games. But, before any of that, witnesses must be interviewed, and already, some former players claim Sports Illustrated misquoted them.

"Witnesses recant their testimony all the time based upon different kinds of pressures – including the pressure to not want to be involved in this anymore," said Clark.

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