Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder apologized to his fellow athletic directors around the Big 12 Conference on Monday in advance of what’s expected to be a scathing exposé of the football program by Sports Illustrated.
“I apologize to all the athletic directors in the conference for what’s about to happen, for what’s about to be said about a member institution,” Holder said at a news conference without taking questions. “That reflects on everyone, all our brothers and peers, we’re very remorseful about that.”
The school announced over the weekend that SI had notified it of the upcoming series, which details transgressions by the football program starting in 2001. Oklahoma State said it has notified the NCAA and launched its own investigation.
Among the allegations of misconduct:
• An Oklahoma State assistant coach paid cash bonuses to players of up to $500 for performance.
• Oklahoma State boosters and at least two assistant coaches funneled money to players and provided sham jobs for which players were paid.
• Tutors and other school personnel completed school work for players and professors gave passing grades for little or no work.
• The program’s drug policy was selectively enforced, allowing some star players to go unpunished for repeated positive tests.
• Some members of a hostess program used by the football coaching staff during the recruitment of players had sex with recruits.
NCAA DENIES NEAL WAIVER
Arizona receiver DaVonte Neal’s hardship waiver to play this season has been denied by the NCAA.
Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez said during his weekly news conference on Monday that the transfer from Notre Dame has been denied eligibility. He said the school plans another appeal, but was not optimistic.
Neal, who played at in-state power Scottsdale Chaparral High School, transferred from Notre Dame this summer to be closer to his girlfriend and newborn daughter.
Arizona filed an appeal with the NCAA last month asking that Neal be allowed to play this season instead of having to sit out under transfer rules.
KIFFIN TO PLAY KESSLER
Southern Cal coach Lane Kiffin has picked quarterback Cody Kessler to start Saturday against Boston College despite his poor performance in last week’s 10-7 loss to Washington State.
Kessler and Max Wittek have been competing for the starting position, but neither has taken hold of the job.
Police say the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed UCLA freshman Nick Pasquale while he was walking in his hometown of San Clemente, Calif., on Sunday, was not on drugs or alcohol and will not be charged with a crime. Pasquale’s state at the time of the accident will be determined by autopsy and toxicology testing. … Daje Johnson, a big playmaker for the Texas offense, will miss Saturday’s game against No. 25 Mississippi with a sprained left ankle. … Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is recovering from a sprained knee, but will be ready for the team’s Southeastern Conference opener this weekend. … No. 4 Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is day-to-day and it is unknown if he will play against California on Saturday due to a sprained ligament in his left knee. … Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux is out the rest of the season with a knee injury. … Oklahoma will start Blake Bell at quarterback in place of Trevor Knight, who is out with a bruised knee.