The SI report details numerous violations, including pay-for-play programs, academic fraud, drug abuse, and stories of using sex with hostesses as a recruiting tool.
The first of a 5-part investigative series from SI came out today, and it details some pretty serious allegations involving players being paid for performance at Oklahoma State under both Les Miles, who is now at LSU, and current head coach Mike Gundy.
There's no definitive evidence that the head coaches knew about the illegal payments, and in an interview on the Dan Patrick show, writer George Dohrmann says that there's really no evidence that the head coaches were involved in any of the violations.
Still, there's a chance that both coaches could be in hot water if these stories are true, because it would show a definite lack of institutional control, and that's something that has no real statute of limitations in the NCAA, so Miles could theoretically be punished for something that happened under his watch 13 years ago at Oklahoma State, if it's egregious enough.
From the sounds of it, the violations were definitely quite egregious. SI hasn't yet posted the details of the academic fraud, sex-for-recruits programs, and the drug abuse, but it appears that there have been some serious problems at Oklahoma State in the past decade or more.
An excerpt from today's exposé:
The story details various payments made to certain players for performance, and discusses how boosters made those payments in a way that could theoretically still plausible deniability for most of the coaching staff.
It's possible that Miles and Gundy never knew about these programs. It's also quite possible that they knew about it the entire time, and just turned their back to it to keep their nose clean. It's also possible that similar programs are in place now at LSU, where Miles is coaching now.
Read the full SI story for more details, and definitely keep an eye out on this story as it develops. This could be a big one.