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Report: NCAA investigating Oklahoma State

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 14 2014 03:30:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 14 2014 03:30:46 PM CDT

Oklahoma State's football program is under NCAA investigation, ESPN.com reported Monday.

According to ESPN.com, the investigation stems from a five-part series by Sports Illustrated in September that alleged improprieties in the program. After the report, Oklahoma State appointed Charles E. Smrt, a former NCAA official, to conduct an internal investigation. That investigation is nearing an end.

"The inquiry continues and it is hoped that it will conclude within the next few months," a university spokesman told ESPN. "The university anticipates releasing a report after the NCAA concludes its process. Since it is an ongoing inquiry conducted in cooperation with the NCAA, the university is unable to comment further at this time."

Sports Illustrated's series last September alleged several potential NCAA violations, but did not directly implicate any current coaches or players.

The Tulsa World reported last week that a lawsuit was filed against Sports Illustrated by John Talley, an Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative. Talley was portrayed in the series as an "overzealous booster, who made systematic improper financial contributions to OSU's football players," Talley alleges in the lawsuit.

OSU suspended Talley from outreach activities involving the university's student-athletes after the stories were published, the lawsuit states.

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