Miles Implicated in Wrongdoing at Oklahoma State

Published on 08-Sep-2013 by Stacey Mickles
Football - NCAA / NCAA Football Daily Update

If this was the OSU Dream Team, they'd be working on their 12th straight national championship right now.

While the rest of the country -- including me -- was enjoying a day of college football, Sports Illustrated dropped yet another bomb on it. 

Reports from SI are that LSU head coach Les Miles was implicated in wrongdoing while he was the head coach at Oklahoma State.

The article claims that Miles and some members of his staff were involved in a host of shenanigans:

  • academic fraud,
  • players being paid for performance by an assistant coach or overpaid by boosters for jobs, and
  • some members of the OSU hostess program provided sex to recruits. 

OSU has already reported these claims to the NCAA and the Big 12. Since these allegations are about a decade old, there probably isn't much that the NCAA can do to OSU or Miles.

The Hat, of course, denied these allegations.

I don’t know of any improprieties while I was coaching there,” Miles said Saturday after LSU’s win over UAB. “We always did things right.

“Oklahoma State has never been a place where you needed to cheat to have success."

May be now it is, but back in the day, the Cowboys weren't a top team in their own league. 

And frankly, Miles still seems to possess a selective memory.

Ironically, Oklahoma State really didn't have real success until Miles left for LSU and oil tycoon T Boone Pickens opened his bank vault to the Cowboys' athletic department. Miles may not be in trouble, but former Mike Gundy assistant Joe DeForest, who is now at West Virginia, may be.

“Oklahoma State University is deeply troubled by these claims. We will investigate the accuracy of the allegations and take all appropriate action,” said OSU President Burns Hargis.

“We do not condone or tolerate improper conduct in our athletic programs. OSU requires everyone affiliated with the university to follow the rules and adhere to the highest ethical standards.

DeForest is accused of paying players. But the way that the NCAA works, it may be years before a resolution to this problem is found.

Just ask Miami. Or Oregon. Or, of course, USC.

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