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WVU Internal Review of DeForest Comes Back Clean

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West Virginia University has concluded an internal review following allegations made against assistant football coach Joe DeForest following an investigative story from Sports Illustrated.

The University released a statement Wednesday morning declaring that it had found no wrongdoings as the result of its review, clearing DeForest and the program of any punishment for infractions during his time in Morgantown.

A September issue of Sports Illustrated printed a story that looked into the operation of Oklahoma State's football program in recent years and included allegations that DeForest had paid players for on-field performance and also for no-show jobs outside of football.

When the content of the story became public, the same day that West Virginia fell to Oklahoma 16-7 on the road, athletic director Oliver Luck released a statement saying he was aware of the allegations and would proactively begin an internal review to be certain that nothing similar had occurred in his department.  

WVU released this statement Wednesday, following the conclusion of the internal review:

"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."

DeForest came to West Virginia from Oklahoma State to serve as the team's defensive coordinator, replacing longtime assistant Jeff Casteel. Following the season, DeForest was moved to special teams coordinator and assistant coach Keith Patterson took over the defense.