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Girtman also said he recalled DeForest handing him a debit card in 2003 with $5,000 on it and that it was periodically refilled. DeForest and assistant Larry Porter, the running backs coach from 2002-04, also made payments directly to players, SI reported.
DeForest is now an assistant at West Virginia, which has launched an internal review.
“While our assistant football coach has denied the allegations, it is the right thing to do to look into the matter and review practices here,” athletic director Oliver Luck said.
Texas men’s athletics director DeLoss Dodds said Porter was questioned and “we do not have any issues with him at this time.”
Miles has said he didn’t know of any improprieties while he was the Oklahoma State coach.
“I can tell you this: We have always done things right,” he said after LSU’s game Saturday night in Baton Rouge, La.
Energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens, the biggest booster of his alma mater, said he was disappointed the expose focused on Oklahoma State “a decade ago.”
“There have been wholesale changes at the school in recent years in leadership and facilities,” he said. “During that time, I have given more than $500 million to OSU, for athletics and academics. Have I gotten my money’s worth? You bet. We have a football program that has a commitment to principled sportsmanship.”
Several former players under Miles told SI that boosters were highly visible _ in the locker room, on team flights and bus trips. After the Cowboys knocked off archrival Oklahoma in 2001, boosters approached key players and slipped cash into their hands, said former player Fath’ Carter.
“We are talking about $500 handshakes,” he told SI, which also detailed several examples of alleged sham jobs in which players were paid hundreds of dollars for little or no work by boosters.
William Bell, a defensive end in 2004, said he and a teammate were directed by a member of the coaching staff to a booster’s home to do a job. When they arrived, they were told their “job” for “a couple hundred dollars” was to fish for catfish at a nearby pond
“And we got to keep all the fish we caught,” Bell told SI.
Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday that the allegations against her alma mater were “disturbing and disappointing” and that she is confident the school’s administration will investigate the charges thoroughly.
Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder said the school has notified the NCAA “and they’re going to assign an investigator.”
“We’ll reach out and get someone to stand with that investigator and go through the facts and at the end of the day, we’ll come to some conclusions and we’ll deal with those, prop ourselves back up, polish off that OSU brand and move on down the road,” he said.
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