People around Oklahoma State — and a lot of folks who used to work there as well — have to be squirming Tuesday after the first of a five-part Sports Illustrated series on improprieties in the football program. The series is billed as one that examines how a rising program did it. Turns out, if the allegations are true — and they have a lot of sources who are named — it was more than T. Boone Pickens.
The first story documents improper payments to players dating back to Les Miles’ tenure at Oke State. Miles, now eminently successful at LSU, doesn’t come off well in the piece.
Initially, I’m having trouble linking the first installment, but you can find it at SI.com.
The first part of the series will again stir the issue of whether athletes should be paid, at least the $2,000 annually that has been proposed to meet the cost of attending college.