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Oklahoma State hires former NCAA official to investigate football program

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With Sports Illustrated’s five-part investigative series on its football program coming to a close, Oklahoma State has decided to appoint an ex-NCAA official to conduct an independent review of the allegations.

The school announced on Monday that Charles Smrt will lead the effort. Smrt is an 18-year veteran of the NCAA’s enforcement staff and currently runs a consulting firm specializing in compliance audits.

OSU president Burns Hargis made it clear he is taking the charges very seriously:

“While the articles do not implicate any current coaches or players to have direct involvement in any alleged misconduct, we have a responsibility to confront these disturbing reports head on and with complete transparency,” Hargis said.

It is also clear that Smrt has the full backing of Hargis.

“He has asked me to pursue the facts wherever they may lead. I assured him that I will do so, and that I will conduct the review with care and urgency,” Smrt said.

The alleged transgressions occurred between 2001 and 2011 and involve cash from boosters, grade changing and other lurid actions. If the investigation by Smrt truly does have teeth, it will get to the bottom of this and give OSU a chance to clean up its act.

The more transparency, the better.

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10 Responses to “Oklahoma State hires former NCAA official to investigate football program”
  1. ahugusf says: Sep 16, 2013 10:26 PM

    Oh wow, a former NCAA investigator. Must be a master at investigative work. Let’s see, first he will go to, then hit Control-P. BAM. . .I’ve got the answers McFly!

  2. jbateyart says: Sep 17, 2013 12:26 AM

    “If the investigation by Smrt truly does have teeth, it will get to the bottom of this and give OSU a chance to clean up its act.”

    Mr. Huston, with all due respect, you are ASSUMING there is a bottom to be gotten to, and an act to clean up. All I’ve seen so far is a bunch of unsubstantiated garbage from a miserably poor reporter and a a handful of disgruntled losers.

    How about you reserve your “advice” for an institution that has demonstrated a real need to “clean up?”

  3. dg0122 says: Sep 17, 2013 7:24 AM

    He needs to buy a vowel

  4. be4bama says: Sep 17, 2013 8:01 AM

    The NCAA needs to be investigated.

  5. shea801 says: Sep 17, 2013 9:50 AM

    “I am so smart!”
    “I am so smart!”
    “I mean S-M-A-R-T!”

  6. mogogo1 says: Sep 17, 2013 10:09 AM

    Smrt brought in to look for drt.

    And I’m just guessing that OSU hopes vowels aren’t all that gets left out of the final report.

  7. dhardy8207 says: Sep 17, 2013 11:21 AM

    dg0122 says:
    Sep 17, 2013 7:24 AM

    He needs to buy a vowel


    LMBO…. I thought maybe just a typo…..

  8. daiatlas says: Sep 17, 2013 1:29 PM

    Smrt is good. He’ll find whatever can be found… If he’s given access. Smart move OSU.

  9. crazycane says: Sep 17, 2013 3:47 PM

    Pull your heads out of the sand, if the NCAA investigates for 3+ years one booster that made his living off lying then what do you think they’re going to do with multiple players and coaches.

    It’s cute how OkSU fans are the same way Miami fans were when the reports first came out.

    “Nothing to see here, keep on walking, it’s all untrue as these are just p’ed off people trying to get back at the program”

  10. bronzestarusmc says: Sep 17, 2013 9:10 PM

    There is always some truth to it!

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