SI Report: Ex-Coaches Paid Cowboys Players

Several former Oklahoma State football players, including Brad Girtman, Calvin Mickens and Seymore Shaw, claim they received payments for their performance on the field and no-show jobs while playing for the Cowboys, according to the first of a five-part series by Sports Illustrated. The series, appearing online and in the magazine, will detail allegations of impropriety from 2001 to 2011.

Girtman (2003-2004), Mickens (2005-06) and Shaw (2002-04) are former Cowboys who left the program for one reason or another prior to finishing their playing careers at OSU.

The allegations that the former players received money from ex-Cowboys coaches was made in the first of a five-part series labeled, "The Dirty Game," released on the SI website Tuesday morning. Four other stories will go into other details about alleged wrongdoing inside the Cowboys football program.

The report states that former Cowboys assistant coaches Joe DeForest and Larry Porter made payments during their time at OSU. DeForest, now at West Virginia, was an assistant for the Cowboys from 2001 to 2011, and Porter, now at Texas, coached at OSU from 2002 to 2004.

Click here to read Tuesday's story

Here is list of other stories and when each will be published:
Part 2: Academics (On Wednesday, 9/11)
Widespread academic misconduct, which included tutors and other OSU personnel completing coursework for players, and professors giving passing grades for little or no work, all in the interest of keeping top players eligible.

Part 3: Drugs (On Thursday, 9/12)
OSU tolerated and at times enabled recreational drug use, primarily through a specious counseling program that allowed some players to continue to use drugs while avoiding penalties. The school's drug policy was selectively enforced, with some stars going unpunished despite repeated positive tests.

Part 4: Sex (On Friday, 9/13)
OSU's hostess program, Orange Pride, figured so prominently in the recruitment of prospects that the group more than tripled in size under Miles. Both Miles and Gundy took the unusual step of personally interviewing candidates. Multiple former players and Orange Pride members say that a small subset of the group had sex with recruits, a violation of NCAA rules.

Part 5: The Fallout (On Tuesday, 9/17, and in the 9/23/13 SI issue)
SI finds that many players who were no longer useful to the football program were cast aside, returning to worlds they had hoped to escape. Some have been incarcerated, others live on the streets, many have battled drug abuse and a few have attempted suicide.

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