Initially it was believed that DeForest was not working under a formal contract. He had worked under only a term sheet his first season, one which stipulated that DeForest's "appointment is made at the will and pleasure of the Director of Athletics, and your service in this position or termination from it is at the discretion of the Director of Athletics.'' Nowhere in the letter, dated Jan. 12, 2012, was there a specific length of term mentioned.
However, WVU sources said Saturday night that between January and now DeForest has signed a formal contract. The details aren't known except that he still makes $500,000. The term of the contract and any buyouts are likely included.
The WVU source also confirmed that DeForest is no longer the only WVU assistant coach making half a million dollars annually. Patterson, the new defensive coordinator, was apparently bumped up to that figure as well, although the university never mentioned it publicly.
The Sports Illustrated project alleges that both coaches and boosters paid athletes at Oklahoma State, including paying them for jobs not performed or overpaying them, in addition to the pay-for-plays accusations.
It also alleges academic fraud, drug use and that hostesses in the Orange Pride program provided sex to recruits.
Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis issued a statement calling the accusations "deeply troubling.''
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