Jan 2, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; A general view of an Oklahoma Cowboys helmet before the game against Stanford Cardinal in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

OSU President Burns Hargis releases a statement about SI report


The Oklahoma State football team is under scrutiny following the first part of a 5 part Sports Illustrated report alleging numerous NCAA violations. Today’s part of the report was about the money that players receiver from boosters and coaches.

Some players received $2,000 annually and others around $10,000, multiple players told SI; a few stars allegedly received $25,000 or more.

OSU president Burns Hargis released a statement:

“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.”

Current OSU head coach Mike Gundy also made a statement.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished here, both on and off the field,” said Gundy. “Our goal has always been to take young people from where their parents have gotten them and to make them better over a four or five year period. We’re very proud of that in many ways. So, until further time — and obviously the university will make that decision — there’s not any comment that we would have on the Sports Illustrated article.”

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