Well hello Mr. Probe. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen you out and about.
Over the weekend, we noted that an Oklahoma State booster named in Sports Illustrated‘s “exposé” on the Cowboys football program last year was filing a lawsuit against the magazine. Coincidentally or not, the story is back in the headlines once again.
An OSU official confirmed to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com that the school’s football program is currently under investigation by the NCAA because of some of the claims made in the five-part series. That “exposé,” in part, alleged illicit payments to players and drug use and hostess sex with recruits as well as academic fraud.
Several holes were subsequently poked in the piece, even as dozens of former players and individuals associated with the Cowboys went on the record.
“The inquiry continues and it is hoped that it will conclude within the next few months,” the spokesman told the website. “The university anticipates releasing a report after the NCAA concludes its process. Since it is an ongoing inquiry conducted in cooperation with the NCAA, the university is unable to comment further at this time.”
In the days after the release of the story, OSU announced that it would be launching an internal investigation that was to be headed by a former NCAA enforcement official. At the time, the university made it clear there was no implication that “any current coaches or players to have direct involvement in any alleged misconduct.”