OSU informed of stories about alleged misconduct

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University said Saturday that Sports Illustrated has informed the school it plans

to publish a series of articles about alleged misconduct in the university's football program starting in 2001.

The university said in a statement that

Sports Illustrated outlined allegations involving inappropriate

activities and actions,

the majority of which occurred from 2001-07. The school said the

allegations outlined don't involve any current coaches or

players. LSU coach Les Miles coached Oklahoma State from 2001-04.

Mike Gundy took over in 2005 and is still the Cowboys coach.

The university said it has contacted the NCAA to advise it of "the accusations described," although the school did not go

into detail about the allegations in its statement on Saturday. The university said Sports Illustrated didn't provide all

of the specifics of the accusations.

"Oklahoma State University is deeply

troubled by these claims. We will investigate the accuracy of the

allegations and take

all appropriate action," University President Burns Hargis said in

the statement. "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."

University Vice President of Athletics Mike Holder said they're shocked by the allegations about the football program.

"We take the allegations seriously," Holder said in the statement. "Whether they have merit or not, we don't know. But we

will find out."

Oklahoma State said Sports Illustrated notified the school of the planned series on Aug. 28.

The Oklahoman reported Saturday, citing an

unidentified source, that the allegations include payments to players

from boosters

and academic improprieties. The Oklahoman also reported former

assistant coach Joe DeForest is accused in the story of running

a bonus program, paying players for big plays as recently as 2011.

DeForest now works as an assistant coach at West Virginia for head coach Dana Holgorsen, who is a former offensive coordinator

at Oklahoma State.

West Virginia released a statement that did not mention DeForest.

"West Virginia University is aware of an

upcoming investigative reporting series in Sports Illustrated

which-while focused

on another institution-includes allegations against one of our

current assistant football coaches regarding his time of employment

at his previous Institution," athletic director Oliver Luck said.

"Upon learning of the pending investigative report, WVU

launched an internal review to ensure the coach's full compliance

to NCAA rules while at West Virginia. The NCAA has also

been contacted. While our assistant football coach has denied the

allegations, it is the right thing to do to look into the

matter and review practices here."

After LSU beat UAB Saturday night in Baton Rouge, Miles said the magazine also contacted him about the coming story.

"I don't know of any improprieties while I

was the coach there," Miles said. "I can tell you this: We have always

done things

right. I really enjoyed my time at Oklahoma State. I felt like I

met a lot of wonderful people and we made our football team

better. We worked hard. It has never been a place where you needed

to cheat to have success."

The university said Sports Illustrated senior writer George Dohrmann and executive editor B.J. Schecter came to Stillwater

this past week to provide details about the series.

On the field, Oklahoma State beat UTSA 56-35 at San Antonio.