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September 10, 2013

Oklahoma State athletic director apologizes to Big 12 schools

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STILLWATER, Okla. —

The Oklahoman reported, citing an unidentified source, that the allegations include payments to players from boosters and academic improprieties. The newspaper also reported former assistant coach Joe DeForest is accused in the story of running a bonus program, paying players for big plays as recently as 2011. DeForest now works as an assistant coach at West Virginia for head coach Dana Holgorsen, who is a former offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.

West Virginia released a statement that did not mention DeForest and said it had “launched an internal review to ensure the coach’s full compliance to NCAA rules while at West Virginia,” while also contacting the NCAA.

“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.

Les Miles, a former Oklahoma State coach now at LSU, said the magazine also contacted him about the upcoming story.

“I don’t know of any improprieties while I was the coach there,” Miles said. “I can tell you this: We have always done things right.”

Holder vowed to cooperate fully with any further investigations.

“We’re all committed to playing by the rules and doing things the right way here and for people to say that’s not what’s happening is very disturbing,” Holder said. “Our goal is to separate fact from fiction and then we can start dealing with it. We’ve already notified the NCAA and they’re going to assign an investigator to this. 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.”

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