CREATED Sep. 10, 2013
STILLWATER (KFAQ) - Sports Illustrated has now released the first installment of a series of articles it plans to release following a lengthy investigation into the Oklahoma State football program.
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The articles outline alleged misconduct dating back to 2001.
According to Sports Illustrated, more than a half dozen former Cowboys told SI they received cash payments; 29 other OSU players were named by teammates as having also taken money. Those payments, which stretched from 2001 to at least '11, were primarily delivered three ways: a de facto bonus system based on performances on the field, managed by an assistant coach; direct payments to players from boosters and coaches independent of performance; and no-show and sham jobs -- including work related to the renovation of Boone Pickens Stadium -- that involved at least one assistant coach and several boosters.
Not all Oklahoma State players were rewarded. Former Cowboys who spoke to SI estimated that between 15 and 20 players received money under the table in any given year, meaning that many contributors, including starters, never saw a dime. Why were some paid and not others? Often it was a willingness to request money. Players who sought financial assistance were often directed by teammates or sometimes a member of the coaching staff to a generous benefactor; in some instances they were paid on the spot.
Some players received $2,000 annually and others around $10,000, multiple players told SI; a few stars allegedly received $25,000 or more.