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Associate Head Coach Joe DeForest to be named in Investigation of Oklahoma State

Associate Head Coach Joe DeForest to be named in Investigation of Oklahoma State

West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck statement regarding the upcoming Sports Illustrated article

“West Virginia University is aware of an upcoming investigative reporting series in Sports Illustrated which-while focused on another institution-includes allegations against one of our current assistant football coaches regarding his time of employment at his previous Institution,” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Oliver Luck said. “Upon learning of the pending investigative report, WVU launched an internal review to ensure the coach’s full compliance to NCAA rules while at West Virginia. The NCAA has also been contacted. 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.”

Beyond this statement, WVU will have no further comment while the review is taking place.


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A Sports Illustrated investigative project will paint an unflattering picture of the culture of the Oklahoma State football program dating back to the Les Miles era. Among the allegations are that former assistant coach Joe DeForest paid players for performance as recently as the 2011 season.

The series is scheduled to begin within a few days.

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

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