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STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder apologized to his fellow athletic directors around the Big 12 on Monday in advance of what's expected to be a scathing expose of the football program by Sports Illustrated.

"I apologize to all the athletic directors in the conference for what's about to happen, for what's about to be said about a member institution," Holder said at a news conference without taking questions.

The school announced over the weekend that SI notified it of the upcoming series, which details transgressions starting in 2001. Oklahoma State said it has notified the NCAA and launched its own investigation.

Sports Illustrated, in a news release Monday, gave highlights of the five-part series that begins today with a posting on si.com. The magazine says it interviewed more than 60 former players.

Among the allegations of misconduct and potential violations:

• An OSU assistant coach paid cash bonuses to players of up to $500 for performance.

• Boosters and at least two assistant coaches funneled money to players and provided sham jobs.

• Tutors and other personnel completed school work for players, and professors gave passing grades for little or no work.

• Drug policy was selectively enforced, letting stars go unpunished for repeated positive tests.

• Some members of a hostess program used by the coaching staff during the recruitment of players had sex with recruits.

LSU coach Les Miles was head coach at Oklahoma State from 2001-04; current coach Mike Gundy took over in 2005.

Gundy said he was confident OSU would take proper steps. "I'm going to guess that once we get all the information and we see what's out there, then our administration, our people inside, will look at it and we'll see where we made mistakes," he said.

The Oklahoman reported Saturday that former assistant coach Joe DeForest is accused in the story of running a bonus program, paying players for big plays as recently as 2011. DeForest is now an assistant at West Virginia under coach Dana Holgorsen, a former offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.

Big 12: The league acknowledged the misapplication of a rule by its officiating crew that led to the ejection of Southeastern Louisiana linebacker Cqulin Hubert on Saturday against TCU.

Alabama: Coach Nick Saban says freshman defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson is out for the season with a knee injury.

Cincinnati: Quarterback Munchie Legaux will miss the rest of the season with an injured left knee, coach Tommy Tuberville confirmed.

Oklahoma: Coach Bob Stoops said Blake Bell will start at quarterback Saturday, replacing Trevor Knight, who bruised his knee against West Virginia.

UCLA: A day after freshman receiver Nick Pasquale died when struck by a vehicle, the Bruins practiced while remembering their popular teammate. Players patted two handmade posters attached to a fence, one reading "Play for each other, play for your brother," the other, "We love you Nick."

USC: Coach Lane Kiffin named sophomore QB Cody Kessler the starter for Saturday's game against Boston College.

Oklahoma State braces 09/09/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 9, 2013 10:55pm]

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