Sports Illustrated on Oklahoma State football: Orange Pride members had sex with football recruits

Hours after the expected release of Sports Illustrated's fourth installment of a five-part series on Oklahoma State University's football program, "The Sex" was published.

SI was expected to publish the story around 8 a.m. but later tweeted it would be published on SI.com "later this morning." Just before noon, the fourth story was made available.

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The latest article alleges that OSU hostesses would have sexual relations with football recruits, a violation with NCAA rules.

Orange Pride is a group of female undergraduates who assist with recruitment for the OSU football program, according to the university's website. SI alleges there was a small group within the hostess program that would have sex with visiting prospects in an effort to entice them to become Cowboys.

Artrell Woods, a wide receiver for OSU from 2006 to 2008 was interviewed for the piece, saying, "There's no other way a female can convince you to come play football at a school besides (sex).  The idea was to get (recruits) to think that if they came (to Oklahoma State), it was gonna be like that all the time, with ... girls wanting to have sex with you."

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SI says more than a dozen former players from 2001 to 2011 say Orange Pride members had sex with them and prospects.

SI sites a former Orange Pride member, Chantal Drumgole, who described some of the hostesses as groupies who were trying to have sex with football players.

More than a dozen former players say the Orange Pride program grew under the coaches Les Miles and Mike Gundy, who played a part in interviewing applicants for the hostess group.

SPECIAL SECTION: Analysis, reaction from former players and the university, photos and links to the SI reports can be found at www.kjrh.com/osureport

The article alleges that out of more than 30 former players and more than a dozen former Orange Pride members interviewed as part of the investigation, none of them had knowledge of a coach of football staff member instructing hostesses to have sex with recruits; several said coaches would sometimes choose which hostesses went with which recruits.

Rumors quickly swirled online after the article was late Friday that one of the series' authors, Thayer Evans, was fired, prompting SI to release a statement on Twitter: "Official Statement: Rumors of any SI editorial staff changes are inaccurate."

The latest article alleges that OSU hostesses would have sexual relations with football recruits, a violation with NCAA rules.

The series thus far has seen backlash directed at the investigation and publication as several players interviewed for the series have refuted their quotes and others implicated have denied involvement in "$500 handshakes" and other allegations made against the program.

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The five-piece series is the result of a 10-month investigation.  SI provided the following descriptions on each of the stories:

-- Part 1: Money ( On SI.com Tuesday, 9/10 and in the 9/16/13 SI issue ): SI finds that OSU used a bonus system orchestrated by an assistant coach whereby players were paid for their performance on the field, with some stars collecting $500 or more per game. In addition, the report finds that OSU boosters and at least two assistant coaches funneled money to players via direct payments and a system of no-show and sham jobs. Some players say they collected more than $10,000 annually in under-the-table payouts.

-- Part 2: Academics ( On SI.com Wednesday, 9/11 ): Widespread academic misconduct, which included tutors and other OSU personnel completing coursework for players, and professors giving passing grades for little or no work, all in the interest of keeping top players eligible.

-- Part 3: Drugs ( On SI.com Thursday, 9/12 ): OSU tolerated and at times enabled recreational drug use, primarily through a specious counseling program that allowed some players to continue to use drugs while avoiding penalties. The school's drug policy was selectively enforced, with some stars going unpunished despite repeated positive tests.

-- Part 4: Sex ( On SI.com Friday, 9/13 ): OSU's hostess program, Orange Pride, figured so prominently in the recruitment of prospects that the group more than tripled in size under Miles. Both Miles and Gundy took the unusual step of personally interviewing candidates. Multiple former players and Orange Pride members say that a small subset of the group had sex with recruits, a violation of NCAA rules.

-- Part 5: The

Fallout (On SI.com Tuesday, 9/17, and in the 9/23/13 SI issue): SI finds that many players who were no longer useful to the football program were cast aside, returning to worlds they had hoped to escape. Some have been incarcerated, others live on the streets, many have battled drug abuse and a few have attempted suicide.

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