Three areas could possibly result in Level III violations.
Academics: Due to specific circumstances it was determined that a football non-coaching staff member possibly provided too much assistance to a then student-athlete.
Drug Testing: The policy was not followed on a few occasions, but TCG believes the student-athletes' athletics abilities were not the reason for this failure.
Orange Pride: It was determined that the Orange Pride program was not sufficiently aligned with the Admissions Office, resulting in certain recruiting activities (i.e., accompanying coaching staff members on campus tours with prospects) being contrary to NCAA legislation.The NCAA investigation came after the Sports Illustrated 5-part series on the OSU program entitled "The Dirty Game," that was published in September of 2013. The school also hired NCAA enforcement expert Chuck Smart to lead an internal investigation during that time. Smrt, OSU president Burns Hargis and the NCAA are releasing responses on the results of the investigation today.
Head coach Mike Gundy offered this statement:
“In the aftermath of the Sports Illustrated series, the right thing to do was examine the program. I have attempted to operate our program with integrity and have reinforced to our coaching staff the importance of compliance with NCAA rules. If we had any shortfalls, I wanted to know. While I am pleased, but not surprised, that the claims in Sports Illustrated were fundamentally unfounded, we continue to work with the athletics administration to ensure a clear understanding and application of our policies. From the moment I was chosen to coach my alma mater, I have made decisions to create a NCAA compliant environment, while ensuring student-athlete welfare. I love my players and want them to succeed in life by making good decisions and respecting the rules.”
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Sports Illustrated released a statement saying:
"Sports Illustrated firmly stands behind its comprehensive series on the Oklahoma State program. The investigation by the NCAA and an outside consultant hired by Oklahoma State was limited in scope but nonetheless revealed multiple NCAA violations including a 'failure to monitor.' Nowhere does the report say our work is fundamentally unfounded and in fact it points to its own limitations in its ability to corroborate SI's findings."