Oklahoma State AD apologizes to Big 12 schools

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State

athletic director Mike Holder apologized to his fellow athletic

directors around the

Big 12 Conference on Monday in advance of what's expected to be a

scathing expose of the football program by Sports Illustrated.

"I apologize to all the athletic directors

in the conference for what's about to happen, for what's about to be

said about

a member institution," Holder said at a news conference without

taking questions. "That reflects on everyone, all our brothers

and peers, we're very remorseful about that."

The school announced over the weekend that SI had notified it of the upcoming series, which details transgressions by the

football program starting in 2001. Oklahoma State said it has notified the NCAA and launched its own investigation.

Sports Illustrated, in a news release sent

Monday, gave highlights of the five-part series that will begin Tuesday

with a

posting on SI.com. The magazine says it conducted interviews with

more than 60 former Oklahoma State players who played for

the school from 2001-10.

Among the allegations of misconduct and potential NCAA violations are:

• An Oklahoma State assistant coach paid cash bonuses to players of up to $500 for performance.

Oklahoma State boosters and at least two assistant coaches funneled money to players and provided sham jobs for which players

were paid.

Tutors and other school personnel completed school work for players and professors gave passing grades for little or no


The program's drug policy was selectively enforced, allowing some star players to go unpunished for repeated positive tests.

Some members of a hostess program used by the football coaching staff during the recruitment of players had sex with recruits.

LSU coach Les Miles was head coach at Oklahoma State from 2001-04, when the program began to emerge from years of mediocrity.

Current coach Mike Gundy took over in 2005 and the Cowboys have grown into a Big 12 power.

"Unfortunately, we've got something out

there on the horizon that we'll have to deal with," Holder said. "I

don't know a lot

of specifics. I know a little bit. I know enough to be very

concerned. As the athletic director and an alumnus of the university,

I don't want it to be true. We pride ourselves on doing things the

right way around here."

Gundy, trying to focus on preparing the No. 13 Cowboys for their home opener on Saturday against Lamar, said he was confident

the proper steps would be taken by the university.

"I'm going to guess that once we get all the

information and we see what's out there, then our administration, our


inside, will look at it and we'll see where we made mistakes,"

Gundy said. "And we'll try to make ourselves better and we'll

correct it and then we'll move forward. And I would hope that

there will be some of it that we'll say, 'I'm not sure, it could

go one way or the other.' That's really the best way I can put it.

But I think the university is looking forward to seeing

the information and seeing how we can make ourselves better from


The Oklahoman reported, citing an unidentified source, on Saturday that 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 Saturday that did not mention DeForest and said it had "launched an internal review to

ensure the coach's full compliance to NCAA rules while at West Virginia," while also contacting the NCAA.

"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," athletic director Oliver Luck said.

Miles has said he didn't know of any improprieties while he was the Oklahoma State coach.

"I can tell you this: We have always done things right," he said after LSU's game Saturday night in Baton Rouge, La.

Holder vowed to cooperate fully with any further investigations.

"We're all committed to playing by the rules

and doing things the right way here and for people to say that's not

what's happening

is very disturbing," Holder said. "Our goal is to separate fact

from fiction and then we can start dealing with it. We've

already notified the NCAA and they're going to assign an

investigator to this. We'll reach out and get someone to stand with

that investigator and go through the facts and at the end of the

day, we'll come to some conclusions and we'll deal with those,

prop ourselves back up, polish off that OSU brand and move on down

the road."