At least eight Oklahoma State football players were paid during the head coaching tenure of Les Miles and current coach Mike Gundy.
According to report by Sports Illustrated payments
“were primarily delivered three ways: a de facto bonus system based on performances on the field, managed by an assistant coach; direct payments to players from boosters and coaches independent of performance; and no-show and sham jobs — including work related to the renovation of Boone Pickens Stadium — that involved at least one assistant coach and several boosters.”
Players at Oklahoma State who were interviewed said they received anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 a year and often the determining factor for being paid was simply asking for financial assistance.
This will clearly add more fire to the debate as to whether NCAA players should be paid to play sports.