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Oklahoma State responds to accusations in forthcoming Sports Illustrated story

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Ahead of the planned publication of a Sports Illustrated feature about the school and football team, Oklahoma State was compelled to issue a statement following Saturday's victory over UTSA about the series.

It details misconduct in the football program starting in 2001, and according to the Tulsa World, it contains a pretty wide ranging list.

From the Tulsa World:

OSU officials have not publicly confirmed what will be alleged in SI’s coverage, but it is known that a range of topics will include football program’s use of female recruiting hostesses. Other topics will relate to academics, the monitoring of drug use within the program, payments by coaches and overpayment by boosters.

Oklahoma State has contacted the NCAA about the Sports Illustrated investigation, and says that no current players or coaches are involved in what's covered in the series and that it appears "some of the accusations are based on hearsay." (Click here to read the entire statement.)

"Oklahoma State University is deeply troubled by these claims. We will investigate the accuracy of the allegations and take all appropriate action," OSU President Burns Hargis said in the statement. "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."

The school was notified about the project on August 28. It's important to note that the NCAA statute of limitations is four years, so the Cowboys won't face any NCAA ramifications once we find out the details in the story next week.

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