Gov. Mary Fallin says allegations of impropriety within the Oklahoma State University football program are "disturbing and disappointing" and that she is confident the school's administration will investigate the charges thoroughly.
Fallin graduated from Oklahoma State. She was responding Tuesday to questions raised by a series of articles in Sports Illustrated alleging misconduct at the school from 2001-2010. Among the potential NCAA violations mentioned in the report are cash payments to players from boosters and assistant coaches and sham jobs for which players were paid.
Fallin says the allegations should be investigated thoroughly and any potential ongoing problems should be addressed immediately.
The governor says the allegations amount to a "black mark against the university," but that she has confidence in current OSU President Burns Hargis.