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SI report: Oklahoma State players paid thousands

STILLWATER, Okla. — Boosters and assistant coaches at Oklahoma State handed out tens of thousands of dollars to players for at least a decade as the football program grew into a national power under coaches Les Miles and Mike Gundy, according to a Sports Illustrated article released Tuesday.

The article, which quoted several former players by name, said some players got $2,000 to $10,000 annually, with a few stars receiving $25,000 or more. Eight players told SI they received cash, while 29 others were named by teammates as taking money. The transgressions stretched from 2001 to at least 2011, the magazine said.

Oklahoma State said it notified the NCAA and launched a probe.

Sports Illustrated said its five-part series included interviews with more than 60 former players who played for Oklahoma State from 2001-10. Among the allegations of misconduct and potential NCAA violations:

NCAA spokeswoman Emily Potter declined comment, citing longstanding policy.

Former player Calvin Mickens said he was handed cash in the locker room by a stranger after Oklahoma State's 2005 season-opening victory.

Miles, now at LSU, has said he didn't know of any improprieties while he was at OSU. DeForest is now an assistant at West Virginia, which has launched an internal review.

Former OSU assistant Larry Porter, now running backs coach at Texas, also took part in paying players, the report said. Porter denied the allegations in the story. The school would not make players available to talk.

Minnesota: Starting cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun is out for the season with a torn left ACL.

Ohio State: Coach Urban Meyer says he is "fairly optimistic" quarterback Braxton Miller (sprained left MCL) will play when the No. 4 Buckeyes play Saturday at California.

Oregon State: The Pac-12 suspended running back Jovan Stevenson for the first half of Saturday's game at Utah for a late hit against Hawaii.

Texas A&M: Safety Floyd Raven will miss Saturday's game against No. 1 Alabama with a collarbone injury, coach Kevin Sumlin said.

Basketball

FSU lands forward: Chipola College power forward Cinmeon Rice committed to Florida State, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Bowers announced his commitment via Twitter.

Ex-Gator cleared: The NCAA will let Florida transfer Cody Larson play immediately for South Dakota State. The former Sioux Falls, S.D., high school standout left UF after an unsuccessful stint which included an arrest for a vehicle break-in.

SI report: Oklahoma State players paid thousands 09/10/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 9:22pm]
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