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By FOX SPORTS SOUTH STAFF  |  Last updated 9/11/13
The allegations of Sports Illustrated's five-part investigative series into the Oklahoma State program have not been kind to Les Miles, who was the Cowboys' coach from 2001 to 2004. A large portion of the allegations aimed at the program from impermissible benefits to academic fraud were alleged to have occurred on Miles' watch. But Miles, the head coach at LSU since 2005, is not going quietly. Aside from denying any wrongdoing within the controversial series itself, Miles took to the weekly SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday to defend himself and his former program: "I revered my time in Stillwater," Miles said. "The idea that someone would characterize the program that was run there as anything but right and correct did we work hard? You betcha. Did we make tough decisions about starting lineups? You betcha. But every guy was encouraged to get his degree, stay the course and fight. I can tell you that people that were commenting on the state of the program werent there long enough to figure it out. They heard me tell them attend class, do the right things and heard me routinely. Im going to withhold further comment. I can tell you that staff, family and friends, anybody that sat in our meeting rooms, knew that this thing was done right. I want to withhold further comment to get my team ready to play against a quality Kent State. Thats my push. The allegations against Miles' OSU program include allowing coaches and boosters to provide financial compensation to players based on performance, a de-emphasis on academics "There was never pressure to cheat, but Miles was like most coaches who want to be somewhere else They're going to do what they need to do for two or three years, and they're not going to have to deal with whatever the fallout is. So, no, he didn't promote academics," former academic adviser Terry Henley told SI and other alleged NCAA violations. Current Oklahoma State Mike Gundy, a Miles assistant who took over the program in 2005, is also implicated in the allegations. Multiple Oklahoma State players from the given era have since come out to deny the investigation's accusations, including former standouts Josh Fields, Tatum Bell, Russell Okung and Brandon Weeden.
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