Former Notre Dame High and Oklahoma State receiver Adarius Bowman received payments while playing in college, according to a Sports Illustrated report that was released this morning online.
Bowman, an undeniable talent who had 300 receiving yards in a 2006 win over Kansas, was among 29 Oklahoma State players named by former teammates as having taken money. In the first of a five-part series detailing alleged NCAA violations within OSU's football program from 2001 through at least 2011, Sports Illustrated also interviewed eight former players who admitted to directly receiving payments.
Sports Illustrated left messages for Bowman, but they were not returned according to the article. Bowman has not returned messages left by the Chattanooga Times Free Press since April 1, 2008, when he was arrested in McMinn County on marijuana possession.
Bowman had been projected as a second-round pick in the 2008 NFL draft, but the arrest resulted in him not getting selected or receiving a free-agent contract. A month after that draft, Bowman signed with the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Calvin Mickens, a former OSU cornerback who was a teammate of Bowman from 2005 to '07, told Sports Illustrated that the two made multiple visits to a Stillwater businessman. Mickens told Sports Illustrated that he received about $500 a visit and that Bowman received "way more."
For more information, read Wednesday's Times Free Press.