BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Part one of a five part series by Sports Illustrated titled The Dirty Game was released Tuesday morning. The series details corruption with the Oklahoma State football program involving money, academics, drugs and sex; primarily from 2001 through 2004. The issues stem back to the time LSU head coach Les Miles served as the head football coach there.
Sports Illustrated says they independently interviewed more than 100 sources close to the Oklahoma State program, with 64 of the being former players.
Part one is called The Money. It says Oklahoma State players received cash payments from $2,000 to, in some cases, $25,000 annually from boosters and Cowboy assistant coaches. Sports Illustrated's piece says Les Miles created an environment much more friendly and welcome to the boosters, while previous head coach Bob Simmons prohibited them from being around players.
Former LSU Assistant Coach Larry Porter, who followed Miles to Baton Rouge from Stillwater and coached with the Tigers from 2005 through 2009, is heavily implicated in paying Oklahoma State players. The report also alleges Cowboy players received hundreds of dollars for working jobs that they barely worked or didn't work at all.
The report alleges the players were paid $500 or more to crank a lawnmower or a weed eater, $400 to carry a Christmas tree down from an attic, $200 to go fishing in the backyard.
Oklahoma State seemed apologetic, not angry and defensive, when speaking on the series.
At least three former Cowboy players also appear in a video attached to part one on the internet, detailing money they or others received at Oklahoma State.
Part two of the series is called The Academics will be released Wednesday morning, followed by The Drugs Thursday and The Sex on Friday.
LSU Head Coach Les Miles denies any cheating or wrongdoing while at Oklahoma State. Miles said "We always did things right."