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Former player Calvin Mickens said he was handed cash in the locker room by a stranger after Oklahoma State’s 2005 season-opening victory, a game in which he played well.
"I was like, Wow, this is the life!" Mickens told SI. "I’m 18, playing football and I just got $200."
He said he got money at other times, including $800 later that season after the game at Texas A&M, and saw teammates getting similar handouts. Former defensive tackle Brad Girtman said he saw some star players get "monster payments," while he once received $500 from a member of the football staff.
Girtman said the rates were told to him by Joe DeForest, who ran special teams and the secondary under Miles and then was an associate head coach under Gundy, the current head coach, from 2005-11.
Girtman also said he recalled DeForest handing him a debit card in 2003 with $5,000 on it and that it was periodically refilled. DeForest and assistant Larry Porter, the running backs coach from 2002-04, also made payments directly to players, SI reported.
DeForest is now an assistant at West Virginia, which has launched an internal review.
"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," athletic director Oliver Luck said.
Texas men’s athletics director DeLoss Dodds said Porter was questioned and "we do not have any issues with him at this time."
Miles has said he didn’t know of any improprieties while he was the Oklahoma State coach.
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