Alleged pay-for-play at OSU unlikely to affect LSU's Les Miles - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

Alleged pay-for-play at OSU unlikely to affect LSU's Les Miles


A Sports Illustrated investigative report alleges Oklahoma State's football program participated in a pay-for-play program from 2001 to at least 2011. Current LSU head coach Les Miles was the coach of the Cowboys from 2001 to 2004 but denies any wrongdoings.

"I don't know of any improprieties while I was the coach there," Miles said.

"I can tell you this: that we have always done things right and I really enjoyed my time at Oklahoma State. I felt like I met a lot of wonderful people and we made our football team better. We worked hard. It has never been a place where you needed to cheat to have success."

This rules violation scandal allegedly began during Miles' first season as Oklahoma State's head coach in 2001 and was run by then-special teams and secondary coach Joe DeForest. Miles is only mentioned twice in the article and the report does not allege that miles had any knowledge of wrongdoings.

Miles left OSU for LSU after the 2004 season and the article alleges that DeForest, then an associate head coach under Mike Gundy, continued the pay-for-play program. DeForest left OSU in 2011 and is now the associate head coach and special teams coordinator at West Virginia.

He told SI that in his twenty four years, he has "never paid a player for on field performance."

Sports Illustrated interviewed eight former players who claim they received cash payments and those players named twenty-nine other players as having received payments under the program.

The NCAA has a statute of limitations of four years.

According to our sources at LSU, they do not believe this report will affect the Tigers' football program, nor coach Les Miles.

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