OSU Responds To Allegations With Special Web Page

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 10:20 pm
By: News On 6

The university launched response.okstate.edu with a collection of statements from various representatives of the OSU football program and booster club.

"As we have said, we will investigate the accuracy of the allegations and take all appropriate action," said OSU President Burns Hargis. "We do not condone or tolerate improper conduct in our athletic programs."

That improper conduct alleged in the Sports Illustrated article released Tuesday includes claims that players received payments between the years of 2001 and 2010.

9/10/2013 Related Story: Sports Illustrated Releases First OSU Football Investigation Article

Subsequent installments in the series will be released over the next week. Below is a breakdown of the remaining articles in the series.

Part 2: Academics (On SI.com Wednesday, 9/11): Widespread academic misconduct, which included tutors and other OSU personnel completing coursework for players, and professors giving passing grades for little or no work, all in the interest of keeping top players eligible.

Part 3: Drugs (On SI.com Thursday, 9/12): OSU tolerated and at times enabled recreational drug use, primarily through a specious counseling program that allowed some players to continue to use drugs while avoiding penalties. The school's drug policy was selectively enforced, with some stars going unpunished despite repeated positive tests.

Part 4: Sex (On SI.com Friday, 9/13): OSU's hostess program, Orange Pride, figured so prominently in the recruitment of prospects that the group more than tripled in size under Miles. Both Miles and Gundy took the unusual step of personally interviewing candidates. Multiple former players and Orange Pride members say that a small subset of the group had sex with recruits, a violation of NCAA rules.

Part 5: The Fallout (On SI.com Tuesday, 9/17, and in the 9/23/13 SI issue): SI finds that many players who were no longer useful to the football program were cast aside, returning to worlds they had hoped to escape. Some have been incarcerated, others live on the streets, many have battled drug abuse and a few have attempted suicide.

Sports Illustrated series, "The Dirty Game"