To be fair, this isn't Miles's fault. He took a team vote, and his players democratically decided to get paid, cheat in class, and to pimp out their hostesses. It was the team's decision, and Les's hands were tied. What was he supposed to do? He was only the coach.
In case you missed it over the weekend, The Oklahoman newspaper reports that an upcoming Sports Illustrated report “will detail a wide range of corruption in the Oklahoma State football program dating back to the Les Miles era.” The report states that SI will allege academic fraud, players being paid by assistant coaches or overpaid for work by boosters, as well as “an OSU hostess program that provided sex for recruits.”
Wait. What? You mean colleges have large hostess groups — not host groups, mind you — in order to use sex to lure in recruits? Shocking.
Sports Illustrated’s report will come in series form and is scheduled to being “within a few days.” That way Oklahoma State and LSU fans will get to experience day after day of misery, rather than getting it all over with at once.
OSU president Burns Hargis — how come no college president is ever named Rocko or Big Tony… it’s always a Burns or a Porter — released the following statement:
“Oklahoma State University is deeply troubled by these claims. We will investigate the accuracy of the allegations and take all appropriate action. We do not condone or tolerate improper conduct in our athletic programs. OSU requires everyone affiliated with the university to follow the rules and adhere to the highest ethical standards.”
The Oklahoman also reports:
* OSU has been told that 85% of the alleged events took place between 2001 and 2007. (The NCAA’s statute of limitations is four years.)
* Sports Illustrated told the school that there are no eligibility or NCAA concerns regarding current staff or players.
* West Virginia University has already launched its own investigation into Mountaineer assistant coach Joe DeForest who will be accused of running a bounty/bonus program. DeForest is in his second year at WVU.
Miles responded to a question about the piece on Saturday saying:
“I don’t know of any improprieties while I was the coach there. I can tell you this: We have always done things right. 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.”
Yes, because recruits take one look around Stillwater and then mutter to themselves dumbstruck, “Heaven.”
Miles was the coach at OSU from 2001 to 2004. While it doesn’t appear that any NCAA sanctions will befall the Cowboy program, Miles could find NCAA investigators paying a bit more attention to his Tiger program moving forward.
But if this one goes as all other scandals go, we can already predict the next few steps. Miles will again deny any improprieties (likely using words, phrases or sentence structures that no one else in the 21st century uses). Eventually he’ll choke off the story by saying he’s already answered questions on the topic. LSU fans will claim that Sports Illustrated is nothing more than a tabloid with poor investigative journalists and an itch to damage Miles and the LSU program. We’ll write about the story on MrSEC.com when it comes out and Tiger fans will attack us for even mentioning it (as it will prove that we’re part of the media cabal that’s working overtime to take down the Bayou Bengals).
And then some other school or player will named as part of another scandal, at which point we’ll all repeat this cycle.
As noted above — Oh, great. Another potential scandal.