STILLWATER, Okla. -- Boosters and assistant coaches at Oklahoma State handed out tens of thousands of dollars to players for at least a decade as the football program grew into a national power under coaches Les Miles and then Mike Gundy, according to a Sports Illustrated article released Tuesday.
The article, which quoted several former players by name, said some players received $2,000 to $10,000 annually, with a few stars receiving $25,000 or more. Eight players told SI they received cash, while 29 others were named by teammates as taking money. The transgressions cited stretched from 2001 until at least 2011, the magazine said.
-- An Oklahoma State assistant coach, Joe DeForest, paid cash bonuses to players of up to $500 for performance.
-- Boosters and assistant coaches funneled money to players and provided sham jobs for which players were paid.
-- Tutors and school personnel completed school work for players and professors gave passing grades for little or no work.
-- The program's drug policy was selectively enforced, allowing some players to go unpunished for repeated positive tests.
-- Some members of a hostess program used by the football coaching staff had sex with recruits.
MSU QBs: Mark Dantonio could have his third quarterback rotation in as many games with Michigan State freshman Damion Terry officially in the mix for Saturday's game against Youngstown State.
Terry is expected to get the second-most repetitions at practice, behind second-game starter Connor Cook. The Spartans (2-0) are looking for answers for an offense that has scored just two touchdowns.
NFL ratings: San Francisco's victory over Green Bay was the highest-rated and most-watched telecast of any kind since the Academy Awards in February, leading Fox to its best NFL opening week ever.
Sunday's game earned a 16.6 rating and was watched by 28.5 million viewers, the network says Tuesday.
The Philadelphia Eagles' victory over Washington earned an 11.6 overnight rating, the highest for a Monday Night Football opener on ESPN.
CBS earned an 11.2 rating for its regional coverage, its highest in 14 years for the opening week.
Suh fined: Ndamukong Suh's latest controversial play drew a hefty fine.
The Detroit defensive tackle was docked $100,000 by the NFL for his illegal low block on Minnesota center John Sullivan in the Lions' season-opening victory Sunday. Suh hit Sullivan during an interception return by Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy, and the penalty negated what would have been a touchdown.
Yanks make trade: In a sign that Derek Jeter might not be back anytime soon, the New York Yankees obtained slick-fielding shortstop Brendan Ryan from the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night for a player to be named.
Ryan would not be eligible to play in the postseason for New York because wasn't on the team by Aug. 31. But for the rest of the month, he can provide a solid glove at shortstop as a starter or defensive replacement as the Yankees chase a wild-card berth.
De La Hoya rehab: Oscar De La Hoya has admitted himself to a treatment facility as he continues to fight substance abuse, just days ahead of the big fight his company is promoting between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez.
The former boxer issued a statement Tuesday saying he voluntarily admitted himself to an unnamed facility.
Retracts 9-11 special: A Wisconsin golf course owner who advertised nine holes of golf for $9.11 to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks apologized Tuesday but said he would keep the club open despite a backlash that included death threats.
Tumbledown Trails Golf Course near Madison advertised the special in the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper on Monday, saying it was intended to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. The discount, which also included 18 holes of golf for $19.11, was good for the anniversary on Wednesday only.