Tonight’s battle for the West Virginia Mountaineers was left on the field in Norman, Oklahoma. However, Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeForest has found himself in a lot of trouble, according to an upcoming investigative report from Sports Illustrated. During his stint at Oklahoma State, DeForest is being accused of running a bonus program in which certain players were paid to carry out specific plays for the 11 years he spent at Oklahoma.
WVU is indeed aware of these reports. WVU athletic director Oliver Luck told the press earlier today in a statement,
Upon learning of the pending investigative report, WVU launched an internal review to ensure the coach’s full compliance to NCAA rules while at West Virginia.
DeForest denies the allegations against him while he was assistant head coach at Oklahoma State from 2001 to 2011. After learning of the claims, West Virginia University has started their own internal investigation and contacted the NCAA. Other claims against DeForest in the report include paying players for jobs not completed, campus hosting providing sex to recruits, rampant drug abuse despite a drug use policy and fostering an environment of impropriety.
85% of these events occurred more than four years ago, which makes them fall outside of the NCAA statute of limitations.