Larry Porter, in his first season as the Longhorns’ running backs coach, has been accused in a Sports Illustrated investigative series on Oklahoma State’s football program of paying players during his stint as a Cowboys’ assistant coach from 2002-04.
The first part of the five-part series was released today on SI.com.
Porter was mentioned in one paragraph of the initial story when two former OSU players, running back Seymore Shaw and safety Fath’ Carter, said he gave them periodic cash payments. Shaw said Porter gave him $100 “four or five times” and told him to use it to get something to eat. Carter said Porter gave him “a couple of hundred bucks” before the start of fall camp in 2003 to defray costs of letting two incoming freshmen stay with him until they were permitted by NCAA rules to start receiving room and board.
In a statement given to Sports Illustrated for the story, Porter said: “I’ve been made aware of the accusations, and I’m disappointed because they are all absolutely not true. None of that ever happened.”
UT men’s athletics director DeLoss Dodds issued a statement this morning: “Last Wednesday we were notified by Sports Illustrated of allegations involving assistant football coach Larry Porter, while he was on the staff at Oklahoma State from 2002-04. After questioning him on Thursday concerning those allegations, we do not have any issues with him at this time.”
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