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College football roundup: SI reports OSU recruits had sex with hostesses

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Former Oklahoma State players said some recruits had sexual relations with school hostesses on their recruiting visits, according to a Sports Illustrated series regarding the Cowboys football program.

Friday's fourth segment of Sports Illustrated's five-part series on the Oklahoma State football program focuses on the role of Orange Pride. Orange Pride was made up of female undergraduates who were responsible for greeting recruits and guiding recruits and their families around campus.

According to the report, more than a dozen former OSU players from 2001-11 told SI that "a small number of Orange Pride members had sexual relations with them or other prospects during recruiting visits."

SI reported that membership in Orange Pride "more than tripled," while other schools were cracking down on the practice.

No football coaches or athletic department staff members were directly implicated in the report. But the report implies the Orange Pride expansion coincided with Les Miles' hiring as head coach.

---DeLoss Dodds will step down as Texas athletic director by the end of the year, Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com reported.

Dodds, 74, has been the Texas AD for 32 years and will resign that position by the end of 2013 and serve as a consultant to the Texas athletic department on a part-time basis.

However, a Texas spokesman told Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman that the report "absolutely not true. Period. It's just not true."

---Texas starting quarterback David Ash has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Mississippi because of head and shoulder injuries, the Longhorn Network reported Friday.

Ash left last week's game against BYU with a head injury. It's unclear whether Ash will miss games beyond this week's game.

Case McCoy will be the Longhorns starting quarterback in Ash's absence.

---Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal intent in a deal with prosecutors stemming from a rape investigation, according to the Tennessean newspaper.

The charge will be wiped from his criminal record if he successfully completes one year of probation. Boyd was accused of helping cover up the rape of an unconscious woman by four Vanderbilt football players.

Vanderbilt issued a statement that Boyd "will remain suspended from the Vanderbilt University football team, pending further review by the university."

---Saturday's game between Fresno State and Colorado at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo., has been postponed due to heavy rains and flooding that has damaged more than a quarter of the buildings on campus and caused significant damage in the community.

---Tennessee defensive lineman Maurice Couch apologized after being ruled ineligible for Saturday's game against No. 2-ranked Oregon.

"I want to apologize to everyone from my family, teammates n the Volnation. I'm sorry I let u guys down," Couch wrote on Twitter.

Couch is one of five Southeastern Conference players named in a Yahoo! Sports report alleging they received improper benefits.
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