West Virginia University’s internal investigation will be done “quick, but thoroughly” of Special Teams coach Joe Deforest in light of today’s Sports Illustrated special report on allegations during his time at Oklahoma State.
The report by SI entitled “The Dirty Game” alleges that Deforest as well as other coaches and Oklahoma State boosters took part in paying players for performance on the field and for jobs not performed or overpaying them for minor jobs from 2001-2011.
With an NCAA investigation looming over the Oklahoma State football program in the near future, the WVU investigation will only look at Deforest’s time since joining the program in 2012 as defensive coordinator and associate head coach.
Deforest had numerous titles during his time at Oklahoma State serving as associate head coach, special teams coach and safeties coach from 2001 through 2011.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen, a member of the Oklahoma State coaching staff in 2010, wasn’t named in today’s report by name and made a point to remove himself from the situation yesterday during his Big 12 teleconference.
While focusing more on the upcoming game against Georgia State on Saturday, Holgorsen said in regards to the SI report, “Oliver Luck has commented on that and I have no further comment.”
As for his time just in Morgantown away from the allegations at Oklahoma State, Deforest hasn’t had any luck as the Mountaineer defense was a laughingstock in 2012 before being demoted to his current coaching position.
The Joe Deforest era as a member of the West Virginia Mountaineers football program looks to be coming to a very public and brutal end when the dust settles following these allegations.
The second part of the Sports Illustrated special report series on Oklahoma State will be released tomorrow morning focusing on the academic misconduct on behalf of players to keep them on the team.