More than a dozen Oklahoma State football players admitted to academic misconduct over the past decade, including receiving exam answers in advance, passing classes for little or no work and using tutors who completed work for them, according to a Sports Illustrated article released Wednesday.
”The philosophy, the main focus, was to keep (top players) eligible through any means necessary,” former safety Fath’ Carter told the magazine. ”The goal was not to educate but to get them the passing grades they needed to keep playing. That’s the only thing it was about.”
The article was the second of five planned by Sports Illustrated looking at alleged misconduct in the Oklahoma State football program dating to 2001 under coaches Les Miles and Mike Gundy. SI says it interviewed more than 60 former players and found evidence of potential NCAA violations including boosters and assistant coaches paying players thousands of dollars for their play; sham jobs arranged by boosters; selective enforcement of anti-drug policy for players; and football program hostesses who had sex with recruits.
Oklahoma State said it has notified the NCAA about the allegations and launched its own investigation.
Source: Yahoo Sports Report: Academic Fraud Common At Oklahoma St. by Kate Reiter