[Not seeing anything on site search about this, nor on the mod thread canning the subject, so here goes...]
Sports Illustrated is set to break a major, major story on alleged naughtiness by the Oklahoma State football program this week. The lowlights:
- Paying players
- Phony/nonexistant jobs for players (maybe it's an OSU thing?)
- Academic fraud: systematic outsourcing of player's classwork to others, and adjusting their grades upward
- Campus hostesses providing sex to recruits
There's a few things to note about this that suggest this might be, like, an actual thing and not just a media spectacle
- The timeframe stretches across more than a decade, since the Les Miles days.
- The University (and WVU, who currently employs Joe DeForest, an assistant coach at the center of the allegations) have already started damage control. They're shocked, shocked, that improprieties are going on in here.
- If you're going to flat-out state that the University is paying players (about the most damning allegation possible), you better have dang good evidence.
Now, it's much too early to say which of these allegations will or won't be substantiated, and the NCAA hasn't said a word on the subject. But SI is planning to run a multi-part exposé on the subject, so this might get ugly, at least publicity-wise.
Edit: Many of these violations are alleged to have occured between 2001 and 2007, outside of the NCAA statute of limitations. Howeva, SI insists that DeForest paid players as recently as 2011, which is fair game.