WVU Reponds To Allegations

Earlier today, The Oklahoman reported on an investigative series spearheaded by Sports Illustrated that makes several allegations of potential violations in the Oklahoma State football program, including one-time assistant coach Joe DeForest, currently in his second year on West Virginia's staff.

Just prior to West Virginia's game against Oklahoma, WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck released this short statement.

"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."

West Virginia's review appears to be a cautionary measure. No allegations are known to have been made concerning DeForest and his time at West Virginia.

The series by Sports Illustrated reportedly includes allegations concerning overpayment for work, or payment for jobs where no work was performed. A pay-for-performance scheme is also reported to be a focus of the investigation.

Many of the allegations are alleged to have occured in 2007 or earlier, which would apparently put them outside the statute of limitations for penalty assessment.

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