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Les Miles denies improprieties during time at Okla. St.

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During the midst of a nearly full slate of games Saturday, reports surfaced (of course), that Sports Illustrated would be releasing a report this coming week alleging improprieties in the Oklahoma State football program dating back to Les Miles time as head coach a decade ago.

As for specific allegations that will be raised in the piece, the Daily Oklahoman writes that the magazine’s claims, based on interviews with former players, coaches and staff members, will include “academic fraud, players being paid for performance by an assistant coach or overpaid by boosters for jobs, and an OSU hostess program that provided sex for recruits.”  OSU, the paper reports, is likely to bring in an outside investigator to ensure it’s in compliance with NCAA standards.

The school has already notified both the Big 12 and the NCAA of the pending developments.

“Oklahoma State University is deeply troubled by these claims. We will investigate the accuracy of the allegations and take all appropriate action,” said OSU President Burns Hargis in a 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.”

The good news for the OSU football program, aside from than the negative publicity, is the fact that the allegations involve no current players or coaches.  The vast majority of the alleged improprieties — 85 percent a source told the Oklahoman — occurred between 2001-07; the NCAA’s statute of limitations is four years.

Current LSU head coach Les Miles held the same job with the Cowboys from 2001-04 before leaving for the Tigers.  Asked about any improprieties during his time in Stillwater, Miles, as expected, vehemently denied any such things occurred on his watch.

I don’t know of any improprieties while I was coaching there,” Miles said after LSU’s win over UAB Saturday night. “We always did things right. …

“Oklahoma State has never been a place where you needed to cheat to have success.”

A former Mike Gundy assistant, though, could have some NCAA issues in his future.

* Coaches and boosters paying athletes, including violations ranging from paying for jobs not performed, overpaying for jobs and strictly paying players for performance.

Former OSU assistant coach Joe DeForest is accused of running a bonus program – paying players for specific plays – as recently as 2011.

DeForest is currently the associate head coach and special teams coordinator at West Virginia.  He was an assistant at OSU from 2001-11, and stayed on staff when Gundy took over for Miles in 2005.

WVU athletic director Oliver Luck stated that the assistant has denied the allegations raised by Sports Illustrated, but allowed that “it is the right thing to do to look into the matter and review practices here.”  Luck also acknowledged that WVU has been in contact with the NCAA.

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35 Responses to “Les Miles denies improprieties during time at Okla. St.”
  1. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:49 AM

    So, how long will this investigation take to complete? Anybody care to place a bet that this story will keep the CFT writers busy for the next 2 years like the Miami investigation?

  2. John Taylor says: Sep 8, 2013 10:56 AM

    Don’t say that. You’re just being mean now.

  3. jtinnon2009 says: Sep 8, 2013 11:00 AM

    Since the NCAA has become suddenly powerless to investigate anything (see Cam Newton and Johnny Manziel and Oregon), these allegations should slowly evaporate into the ozone layer somewhere as cheating and rule breaking appears to be escalating under the present NCAA leadership..

  4. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 8, 2013 11:08 AM

    Dear John,
    My comments were not an attempt too downgrade CFT. It was a slur towards the NCAA and its investigation methods.

  5. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 8, 2013 11:14 AM

    Sad day for investigative journalism. The norm used to be to triple check your sources on a CURRENT allegation against a CURRENT coach in a CURRENT
    program. What passes as “journalism” today is to be the first to break a story to feed the 24/7/365 beast of TMZESPNCNN. Damn the actual facts.

    Take Miami, the NCAA chose to believe a convicted felon with a history of perjury,
    screw up an investigation. and still leaves Miami hanging in the wind.

    Same with Manziel, take the word of memorabilia brokers who live in a cash only world, yet when asked to actually prove that they paid Manziel, they’re no where to be found. Gone from Facebook, cell phone # disconnected, associates and friends haven’t heard from them in weeks.

    Sometimes, sports journalism gives the impression that it is all about them and not the story or actual facts.


  6. rasta028 says: Sep 8, 2013 11:18 AM

    Les Miles, a dirty coach cheating coach? Say it ain’t so, I’m sure he’s a coach of moral character and would never cheat, doesn’t matter the NCAA only punishes USC apparently so he’s OK.

  7. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 8, 2013 11:18 AM


    The NCAA can’t touch OK State. Statute of Limitations.


  8. southernpatriots says: Sep 8, 2013 11:44 AM

    amosalanzostagg: If Emmert can’t touch OK State, then he sure can’t touch Miles. What is the point of this?

  9. drexelvol says: Sep 8, 2013 12:17 PM

    @amosalanzostagg – What statute of limiations? This isn’t a legal matter that is going to be heard in a court of law.

    The NCAA can do whatever they want to their members.

  10. unfnole says: Sep 8, 2013 12:18 PM

    One thing that hasn’t been talked about is that T. Boone Pickens (probably the largest donor in the nation) has said in the past that if their is a hint of scandal at OSU that he will no longer support the school and withdrawal any outstanding commitments. It will be interesting to see if Pickens defends OSU here or if he completely abandons the school, which would hurt the athletics program significantly.

  11. auburntigers34 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:22 PM

    as long as Thayer Evans’ name is attached to this story, i’ll have to see it to believe it.

    can’t believe that anyone would mention Manziel and Cam Newton’s situation in the same breath. the NCAA spent 6 months investigating Auburn. how long did they spend looking into the A&M situation.

    the NCAA wasn’t neutered until the Miami stuff started coming out. they would’ve loved to have placated the masses by pinning something(anything) on Auburn.

    it was clowns like Thayer Evans and Joe Schad that pushed that story without getting things like facts and vetting sources.

  12. jimbo75025 says: Sep 8, 2013 1:44 PM

    Well, I feel bad that Oklahoma State is going to have to go through an investigation-they are never fun or flattering.

    Hope what Oklahoma State did was not too bad, else the NCAA might get upset and slap some more penalties on Miami and USC.

  13. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 8, 2013 1:52 PM


    The SI report alleges that a bonus program run by former assistant coach Joe DeForest existed as recently as 2011. The NCAA’s four-year statute of limitations doesn’t apply when there is a pattern of willful violations that continues into the past four years. Unfortunately, drexelvol is right when he says the NCAA can do whatever it wants to members.

  14. Deb says: Sep 8, 2013 2:01 PM

    Why run a story about decade-old allegations two weeks into the new season? Since this story doesn’t involve current NCAA violations–and for now is nothing more than unsubstantiated accusations–SI could have run it over the past summer or held it until after this season. Why create distractions for two top 15 football programs (OSU and LSU) now?

  15. caliguy58 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:17 PM

    Sports Illustrated is full of it bringing out this false story some 10 years after Les Miles coached at OSU. The brainless writers at SI must surely be bored to write about something that, even if true (and I’m sure it isn’t given the time that’s passed), can’t even be investigated given the 6-year lapse of time as far as anyone or any institution is concerned. The questionable truth and accuracy of stale information is why we have statutes of limitations so people don’t have to defend themselves under such difficult circumstances. I ask SI not to bother us with such worthless trash in the future. Further, I believe SI should apologize to Les Miles for publishing such libelous allegations against him.

  16. raykibb says: Sep 8, 2013 2:21 PM

    After getting to know Coach Miles over the last eight years in Baton Rouge, I have to call pure BS on SI. SI has been dying a death of a thousand cuts, and their timing and lack of verification leads me to believe that this is pure desperation.

  17. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 8, 2013 2:24 PM

    What credibility is in this SI story? Reminds me of some of those on ESPN, no credibility.

    To sell magazines?

  18. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 8, 2013 2:24 PM

    southern patriots,

    Great question. Why is SI bringing up alleged violations against a school outside the statute of limitations in which the coach is no longer there? If I’m WVU and LSU maybe I would have some concerns since the coaches involved at OSU are now coaching at those respective schools.

    It reeks of yellow journalism. Release the names of those interviewed by SI.

    The Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, the former NY Times and reporter who stated that there were more NCAA violations against Auburn that were to be coming out via her blog site, the Manziel situation, the smearing of JoePa are specific cases where the “journalism” was shoddy at best and almost non existent.

    Think about it, if Tressel had not lied and covered up about the tatoos and money, he’d probably be still coaching at Ohio State. Lying is when you get into trouble with the NCAA. Just ask Spainer, Curley and Schultz at Penn State how an active cover up cost them their jobs, earned them a pending felony trial, and almost cost a University their football program.

    OSU is doing the right thing by having an outside investigator take the lead on this. I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if OSU does an A&M and retains outside legal counsel to represent the University.

    Like Manziel, where does OSU and Mike Gundy go to get their reputation back on unsubstantiated allegations?

  19. caliguy58 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:35 PM

    I’ve always sensed a bias on the part of SI towards LSU, which is proved by the number of false allegations made over the years by SI against LSU or people associated with the institution. Reporting the news is one thing, but repeating lies is something completely different and should not be condoned. I ask SI and other such sports reporting organizations to cease and desist from making scurrilous and scandalous allegations against the NCAA and its member institutions unless they possess information that supports such allegations beyond a reasonable doubt and is published in a timely manner. As far as I’m concerned, Les Miles is an honorable man, who would not become involved in any conduct that violates NCAA rules in any manner. And, this silly story doesn’t do a thing to change my mind.

  20. mogogo1 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:38 PM

    This will be thoroughly investigated right after the just released allegations concerning Bear Bryant are looked into.

    Not only would it be all but impossible to prove anything after that long a time, but there’s a huge credibility question concerning anybody who would stay quiet that long and then suddenly make allegations a decade down the road.

  21. helladonks says: Sep 8, 2013 4:54 PM

    a high profile program’s high profile coach denies wrong doings while at his previous high profile job?

    who’d have thought?!

    nothing new here, move along.

  22. Deb says: Sep 8, 2013 4:54 PM

    On the bright side for LSU fans, Tyrann Mathieu just made a brilliant play in the Cardinals game. Absolutely brilliant!

  23. helladonks says: Sep 8, 2013 5:00 PM

    however, what a relief to finally hear about this thing going on someplace OTHER than within the SEC.
    spin THIS one into somehow being because the SEC “has no class, cheats, wins, blah blah blah”. go ahead, ill wait.

  24. suprmous says: Sep 8, 2013 5:09 PM

    SI’s a joke and how they stay in business is beyond me and the same goes for ESPN. If ever you want to get your jollies off and Laugh for the Day just pick up a copy of SI. There’s more qualified out there than these 2 rogue organizations. As I’ve said before the NCAA’s nothin more than the BCS’s twin. It’s gotten to where they’re interchangable so till it’s not even funny. What could make em worse is bein the missin triplet of the GOoDell Triplets. But any who’s and what’s it. I guess there’s nothin sacred when it comes to destroyin one’s reputation as what SI and ESPN do.

    P.S. Deb, if you watched the Cards more you’d see Tyrann make a lot of Super plays.

  25. Deb says: Sep 8, 2013 5:28 PM

    suprmous …

    With all the preseason games on NFL Network, I got to see him then. He did a fine job. I’ve really been rooting for him to do well. Unfortunately, my Sunday network selections here in Florida are usually limited to Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa. So if I don’t have a good network game, I watch Redzone where they switch between all the games. That’s how I saw him run down that guy from behind and strip the ball on what would have been a sure Rams TD. Great play!

  26. BrownsTown says: Sep 8, 2013 5:32 PM

    Wow, a multi-million-$ state employee pimping out college girls. If this were a “regular” university employee, we wouldn’t dare talk about statute of limitations or anything other than running the guy out on a rail and his sending his ass to jail. Amazing what wearing a headset can do these days.

  27. BrownsTown says: Sep 8, 2013 5:33 PM

    Les Miles = Michigan Man

  28. Deb says: Sep 8, 2013 6:58 PM

    BrownsTown, your last headset-wearer got up to all kinds of mischief and he was an angel compared to the guy you have now. So you might want to be careful about tossing around stones willy-nilly. One’s liable to come back and whack you in the head.

    The tales of football honey wagons, where they’ve been proved to exist, just blow my mind … because the women willingly participate. So I don’t see how anyone would go to jail for introducing young men to women so anxious to donate their favors. It’s disgusting and against NCAA rules, but it is not illegal for a gal to give for the team.

  29. bronzestarusmc says: Sep 8, 2013 9:47 PM

    A wise person, once said, that 50 % of each side is true! Something happened, someone cheated! Will anything happen, probably not. After all Coach Gumby, is a man!

  30. watchfullhose says: Sep 8, 2013 9:48 PM

    Les miles is a slime ball. Shits gonna stick to him one of these days.

  31. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 8, 2013 10:32 PM

    watchfullhose, you are a slime ball. A POS. Excrement already sticks to you.

    Miles just recently repelled down the tallest privately owned office building in Baton Rouge 23 stories to call attention to the plight of hundreds of foster children in need of adoptive parents. His efforts resulted in all those children being adopted, even the most medically critical children.

    POS what have you done for these or similar children? Answer for all to read: nothing.

    I am not wasting any more time on you.

  32. dleed102 says: Sep 8, 2013 11:49 PM

    We quit subscribing to SI a long time ago. Because of BS like this, renewing our subscription is no longer a part of the question.

  33. ndrick731 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:20 AM

    Well what the hell did you expect him to say? He’ll lie until there us Indisputable proof. Then he will blame someone else.

  34. crazycane says: Sep 10, 2013 11:48 AM

    As a die hard Canes fan I can relate to all the questions OkSU fans are asking and can say with 100% certainty that the NCAA doesn’t care about statutes, doesn’t care about facts, doesn’t care about the truth. They will make their own truth on everything and will resort to illegal ways of finding it.

    Good luck, you will need it.

  35. bhill7894 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:36 PM

    I’m guessing half of you didn’t actually read what they said. They said that even tho 85% of the actions took place from 2000-07 (which gundy was the coach during almost half of that time) there are other things dating back as early as 2011 which is still in statue of limitations (but being serious I don’t think the ncaa really care about statueof llimitations they will do what they please) and it also astablished a pattern which under ncaa rules means they can go back ALL the way to 2000. Now I am a proud OU fan and given what they said if it is true (I hope it isn’t because I love the rivalry every year and the close games) then it is gonna just hurt the big12 which hurts my team so I’m not trying to be bias because I’m an OU fan if we beat osu this year and all this comes to be true that takes a good win off our record. When a team gets in trouble like this it hurts more than just that team.

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