Cowboys vs. Mountaineers: OSU to face former coach Joe DeForest who was named in SI investigation

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia - When the Oklahoma State Cowboys take the field to face the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday, there will be a couple of familiar faces on the opposing sideline.

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen was the Pokes' offensive coordinator for one season in 2010. The other coach with ties to Stillwater is special teams coach Joe DeForest. He was with OSU from 2001 through 2011.

DeForest was also named in the recent Sports Illustrated articles that alleged misconduct and potential NCAA violations at Oklahoma State starting in 2001.

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Among the numerous allegations were that DeForest paid performance bonuses to players.

Both schools are investigating and have notified the NCAA.

DeForest remains under scrutiny since being moved from defensive coordinator to special teams coach after the 2012 season.

A muffed punt led to a Maryland touchdown last week in the Mountaineers' 37-0 loss to the Terrapins, and there have been penalties on punts and kickoffs this season.


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