MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — WVU did not find any infractions of NCAA rules or any other misconduct by current assistant football coach Joe DeForest according to a statement released by the university Wednesday.

DeForest was named prominently in a Sports Illustrated investigative piece on alleged misconduct at Oklahoma State when he was an assistant coach there. In that report, several former OSU players said they received money or saw other players paid by DeForest during his time there between 2001-2011. 

The WVU athletic department released the following statement Wednesday:

“West Virginia University has conducted an internal review as a result of the recent articles from a national media outlet, which includes allegations against one of our current assistant football coaches surrounding his time of employment at a previous institution.

“WVU has not found any infractions of NCAA rules or other misconduct at our institution. WVU is unable to comment on the veracity of the media allegations levied against the assistant coach while employed at another institution, and defers to that institution, as well as appropriate NCAA infractions personnel, to complete a review and assessment of those allegations.”

WVU also said Wednesday there would be no further comment. DeForest has not been available to the media since the Sports Illustrated series came out.    

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  • Mister Man

    Last year's defense was a criminal offence.

    • Say What

      Your job performance last year was so criminal they were calling for life without parole

      • Barry

        Say What, are you kidding me? What has DeForest done to earn his pay? And don't comment back like a five year old... What have you done to deserve your pay. It is obvious that you are a friend, family member or paid for your comments. There is not one true WVU fan that is happy with this coach. So you are obviously not a fan.

        • Say What

          The defense is so much better this year, not so fire Patterson too? Of course it was Patterson's defense that cost you guys a shot at the national championship game but you ignorant fans blame RR instead of giving credit where due. Deforest is a good special teams coach and had repeatedly proved it at other places , my opinion not coaching you just don't have the players to make the plays, now who to blame for that, well I'm sure you hillbillies will come up with someone to blame but bottom line, who would want to come and play for you lame fans?

        • Say What

          You may be right , let's fire them all, coaches and players and hire all pure bred West Virginian's to coach and play and see where that gets you. Remember you have to wear shirts and shoes.

          • bowhunter

            say what well we have had a few native hillbillys do quite well in division 1 football so it may not be that hard to find a native staff that would do quite well

          • J the C

            Say What, you go! Keep the pedal to the metal on these whining jerks.

  • Coalwiz

    We don't want to find WV wrongdoing.....we want Okie St. to find wrongdoing. That is the plan.

  • john

    The fact that he is making a half million to coach special teams should be investigsted. Lets send all these guys including Ollie packing.

    • Say What

      Let's send you packing, I don't think your doing your job

  • thornton

    Fickle Fans....that orta be investigated.

  • Recil

    No wrongdoing! What about last years defense.

    • Say What

      Not as good as the team you coached

  • Public Ed

    The report has only cleared him of any wrong doing during his time at WVU. Has nothing to do with what he is accused of at Ok. State. Only time will tell if the allegations stick.

  • Shadow

    I don't know Joe but I am happy WVU has exonerated him as I detest the media goes on one of these alleged crusades. They, the sports media, are the muckrakers of the world.

  • Bobby M

    That smile on HIS face in the picture says - Holy CRAPS! Can you beleive HOW much I'm getting PAID!

  • cutty77

    Great New for Joe. I think its funny it always a coaches fault when a player doesn't score or get a First Down.but when the player does score or get a first down,hes a Great Player. lol

  • NCAA Investigator Guy

    Only money that would have changed hands during his tenure here for pay for play incentives would've been Pat Miller paying him. Just a joke folks:)

    • Bobby M

      If you REALLY are NCAA investgator then I DONT think thats very professional and probably says alot about the place you WORK and the people you work WITH!

      • WV07

        I believe his name was a joke as well,Eisenstein

        • Bobby M

          Hey Friend! Not sure WHO Eisenstein is (or was) BUT if he's half-smart of Einstein - I'll take THE complament!

  • Nicky the Greek

    Well last year his defense stunk and this year outside the punter his special teams aren't very special so I guess he has avoided paying anyone for performance while at WVU...

    • J the C

      I disagree, Nicky. Punt and kick coverage has been much, much better this year. Remember when every kickoff and punt was an adventure?

  • WV Citizen

    That sucks! Was hoping they found a reason to get rid of him. Wal-mart needs some stock boys.

  • JAC

    I'm so happy for him, our staff, and WVU. GO MOUNTIES!!

    • WV07

      Oh please the guy is a piece of crap of a coach....what exactly are you happy about? the university is wasting a half million dollars a year on him.

  • JTC

    He is guilty of impersonating a coach, which I think is punishable by being made to stay on the staff.

    • clark

      hahaa, excellent.

    • Say What

      And we found you guilty of impersonating a fan, will you go away now ?

      • Mark

        You must be related to him

      • clark

        You're impersonating a moron.

        Oh wait, that's not an impersonation.

  • clark

    Wrong. He's still guilty of being a pathetic coach.

    • Say What

      And I guess you are a great coach?

      • clark

        Have you ever criticized a President? Congress? Anyone who deserved it?

        Guess you've been all of those.

        Moron.

        • Say What

          No , never claimed to be anything but a football fan, just smart enough not to worry about the things I don't control over that's all. Have a good day.

    • William

      They need to open up his closet and the *hit that would fly out would get very deep.

      • Say What

        Thought that was how you got here.