Longhorns Running Back Coach Accused in OSU Pay For Play Scandal
University of Texas running back coach Larry Porter is accused of illicitly compensating players during his time at Oklahoma State University.
In an investigative report by Sports Illustrated, the Oklahoma State football program is at the center of numerous NCAA violations, ranging from player compensation to drug use. Porter, who coached there from 2002 to 2004, is in his first season with the Longhorns.
At a press conference today, Longhorns head coach Mack Brown appeared unconcerned about the allegations against Porter.
“When we got the call last week, I brought Larry in and talked to him about it and asked him,” Brown said. “He absolutely denies it, and then we took him to compliance, and they interviewed him, which is what we do with any question marks from outside; and then he met with our administrations, so from my standpoint that’s done. Anything in the future would be between him and Oklahoma State.”
Brown also added that last week’s events did not have an impact on the Longhorns 40-21 loss to BYU on Saturday.
In the Sports Illustrated investigation, former running back Seymore Shaw alleges Porter gave him $100, “four or five times,” and former safety Fath’ Carter alleges Porter gave him “a couple hundred bucks.”
Porter has long been considered one of the best recruiters in the country, winning Rivals.com’s National Recruiter of the Year award in 2007 and 2009. Porter’s also enjoyed success in coaching, dating back to former All-Big 12 First Team running backs Tatum Bell and Vernand Morency at Oklahoma State.
“I've been made aware of the accusations, and I'm disappointed because they are all absolutely not true. None of that ever happened," Porter said in a statement through Sports Illustrated.