An Oklahoma State spokesman confirmed Monday that the NCAA is investigating the academic transcripts of a freshman player who is involved in allegations that have left three football coaches, including the head coach at Katy Morton Ranch High School, on administrative leave.
True freshman safety Joe Mitchell will continue to be allowed to practice with the Cowboys until he is cleared or not cleared academically by the NCAA Clearinghouse, or until 14 days have passed from the start of fall practice.
Oklahoma State spokeman Gavin Lang said the school received a tip with allegations that it forwarded to the NCAA, which stated it had received the same information.
Two sources familiar with the allegations involving Katy Morton Ranch stated that academic transcripts may have been changed in order to allow for Mitchell to be eligible. Head coach Scott Svendsen is among those on administrative leave.
Mitchell was a quarterback and a safety at Katy Morton Ranch High in Texas. He had 63 tackles and four interceptions as a senior.
Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.