Sports Illustrated previews five part coverage of OSU allegations
On Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM, Sports Illustrated will begin its five part series that examines Oklahoma State University's ascent to a national power.
Titled "The Dirty Game", the Sports Illustrated special investigative report promises to look into how the program transformed from a struggling one to a national powerhouse. SI reports is the result of a 10-month investigation into the Stillwater football program and includes interviews with more than 60 former OSU players from 2001-2010.
SI says the investigation is going to show how the university used money, academic cheating, drugs, and sex to win over players and climb to national prominence.
On Monday, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy once they get all the information, the administration will review it and see where mistakes were made.
Here's a preview of what will be on SI.com Tuesday, courtesy of insidesportsillustrated.com.
Part 1: Money (On SI.com Tuesday, 9/10 and in the 9/16/13 SI issue): SI finds that OSU used a bonus system orchestrated by an assistant coach whereby players were paid for their performance on the field, with some stars collecting $500 or more per game. In addition, the report finds that OSU boosters and at least two assistant coaches funneled money to players via direct payments and a system of no-show and sham jobs. Some players say they collected more than $10,000 annually in under-the-table payouts.
Part 2: Academics (On SI.com Wednesday, 9/11): Widespread academic misconduct, which included tutors and other OSU personnel completing coursework for players, and professors giving passing grades for little or no work, all in the interest of keeping top players eligible.
Part 3: Drugs (On SI.com Thursday, 9/12): OSU tolerated and at times enabled recreational drug use, primarily through a specious counseling program that allowed some players to continue to use drugs while avoiding penalties. The school's drug policy was selectively enforced, with some stars going unpunished despite repeated positive tests.
Part 4: Sex (On SI.com Friday, 9/13): OSU's hostess program, Orange Pride, figured so prominently in the recruitment of prospects that the group more than tripled in size under Miles. Both Miles and Gundy took the unusual step of personally interviewing candidates. Multiple former players and Orange Pride members say that a small subset of the group had sex with recruits, a violation of NCAA rules.
Part 5: The Fallout (On SI.com Tuesday, 9/17, and in the 9/23/13 SI issue): SI finds that many players who were no longer useful to the football program were cast aside, returning to worlds they had hoped to escape. Some have been incarcerated, others live on the streets, many have battled drug abuse and a few have attempted suicide.