A 10-month Sports Illustrated investigation into varying counts of academic and athletic misconduct within the Oklahoma State football program has yielded some startling results.
Among them are the implication that Les Miles, while the head coach of the Cowboys, allowed boosters to pay players, that his assistants paid players, and that he allowed “hostesses” to have sex with recruits.
On Wednesday, in a conference call with reporters leading up to his LSU Tigers’ Saturday showdown with Kent State, Miles vehemently denied any and all wrongdoing.
“I saw the strength of the Oklahoma people. I revered my time at Stillwater,” Miles said as his voice cracked.
“And the idea that somebody would characterize the program that was run there as anything but right and correct,” Miles said. “Did we work hard? You betcha. Did we make tough decisions about starting lineups? You betcha. But every guy was encouraged to get his degree, to stay the course and to fight. And I can tell you that people (former players) that were commenting on the state of the program weren’t there long enough to figure it out. And that they heard me tell them, ‘Attend class and do the right things,’ and heard me routinely. So, I’m going to withhold a further comment. I can tell you that staff, families and friends and anybody that sat in our meeting rooms knew that this thing was done right. I will hold further comment because frankly I want to get a team ready to play against a very quality Kent State, and that’s my push. I like my practice. I like my team.”
It’ll be interesting to see if anything further comes from SI’s report in regards to Miles.
For now, however, he is focused on his 2-0, No. 8-ranked LSU Tigers as they prepare for the Kent State Golden Flashes on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. in Death Valley.