Report: WVU coach ran bonus program at Oklahoma State
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — WVU special teams coordinator and former Oklahoma State assistant Joe DeForest is named in an upcoming Sports Illustrated report on improprieties — including running a bonus program for performance — in the OSU program, The Oklahoman reported.
DeForest denied the charges, the newspaper reported.
WVU is not named in the SI report, but athletic director Oliver Luck issued a statement saying the school is looking into the matter to ensure its program is clean.
“West Virginia University is aware of an upcoming investigative reporting series in Sports Illustrated which — while focused on another institution — includes allegations against one of our current assistant football coaches regarding his time of employment at his previous Institution,” Luck said. “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. The NCAA has also been contacted. While our assistant football coach has denied the allegations, it is the right thing to do to look into the matter and review practices here.” SI claims that 85 percent of the alleged violations occurred from 2001-07, which means the NCAAs four-year statute of limitations has passed, The Oklahoman reported.
For most of that time, Les Miles was head coach at Oklahoma State. Miles now is head coach at LSU.
DeForest worked 11 years at OSU before coming to WVU with Dana Holgorsen in 2011.