By The Associated Press
Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis says the school will conduct an investigation into possible rules violations by the football program that have been alleged in a series of stories by Sports Illustrated this week, and will ask the NCAA to join in the review.
In a video statement posted online Friday night, Hargis calls the allegations "very disturbing."
The series of stories included numerous former Oklahoma State players making allegations of cash payments to players, academic misconduct, inconsistent enforcement of drug policies and some of the schools recruiting hostesses having sex with prospects from 2001-10.
Hargis says: "We must review these accusations expeditiously, but thoroughly, determine the truth and take whatever measures are appropriate."
He says the school is "engaging an independent expert in NCAA matters" to assist the review.
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