"[WVU recruiting coord1inator] Ryan Dorchester will call the Visitors Center," said the administrator. "One of the boys or girls there will take the recruit and parents around."
Surely there are exceptions to that practice. And few are naive enough to believe infractions like those reported don't happen at many schools.
The series, however, spells out a stunning harmonic convergence of all possible infractions. If the claims are true, this could be the most sensational scandal to rock college football since that of Miami.
And, again, DeForest is a central figure - which puts WVU athletic director Oliver Luck on the spot.
Certainly Luck's first duty is to investigate his program for misdeeds. If OSU is guilty, school athletic director Mike Holder's job is in serious jeopardy. All has been on his watch since 2005. Luck doesn't want to be in Holder's position - especially at his alma mater.
Next, though, Luck has to examine the status of DeForest.
These are serious allegations. A source said DeForest has even been moved to hire a lawyer.
The question is, what does WVU do - especially if DeForest has been clean in Morgantown? Surely all of WVU's players have read or heard about the report. Ditto all the parents of those players.
It might be the wise move to suspend DeForest with pay until the water moves from murky to clear. There must be awkwardness or uncomfortable feelings as the players deal with the coach. Heck, there might be awkwardness within the staff. It's the definition of a distraction.
Word is, though, WVU's administration will wait until the entire Sports Illustrated series is released to examine all the evidence. Of course, the NCAA will conduct its own investigation. Eventually, through that governing body, DeForest could be hit with a show-cause penalty. That means whatever sanctions are handed down to him over actions at OSU would transfer to WVU.
NCAA investigations, however, are usually protracted. WVU president Jim Clements and Luck will have to determine what's best for the university and program in a relatively short span.
As it stands, envisioning a way DeForest can be kept is difficult. A NewsOK headline said, "Oklahoma State football: Les Miles, Joe DeForest will get the black eyes."
Clements and Luck have to determine if that extends to WVU and its football program. Is DeForest's presence a positive or a negative? Recruiters at schools vying with WVU for a player can simply print out the report and make sure parents see it.
Also, keep in mind head coach Dana Holgorsen was not only at Oklahoma State for a year (2010) while the alleged misdeeds were taking place, but hired DeForest from there. It's easy for some to jump to conclusions.
Again, no immediate action in regard to DeForest is expected in Morgantown. Administrators there will allow the entire series to unfold before making a call, if there is to be one to be made.
Part one of the Sports Illustrated series, however, portrayed the associate coach in anything but a flattering light.
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