DENVER - Sports Illustrated is reporting that at least eight former Oklahoma State football players say they received cash payments from people associated with the football program and identified another 29 players as having also taken money.
The list of players SI identified as having taken money included former Broncos running back Tatum Bell and former Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, who was shot to death in 2007.
Bell and others denied getting illicit payments, but SI said multiple players were on the record as saying they received money and saw other players getting payments.
Players said the payments were given between 2001 to at least 2011, according to SI. The money was reportedly given for performance on the field, no-show jobs and sham-jobs and direct payments to players.
One player, defensive tackle Brad Girtman said he saw a football staff member hand Williams an envelope after a game in 2003 in which Williams returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown.
SI reported that after home games players got a per diem, but Gitman said the envelope was packed with bills.
SI said linebacker-defensive end Rodrick Johnson accused Bell of being vocal about getting money, "like you're supposed to be paid."
A third player, Ricky Coxeff, a cornerback in 2003 and 2004, told the magazine he waited in a car on several occasions as Williams and Bell visited a coach at his home and then returned with cash.