The NCAA released a statement on Thursday regarding the state of Oklahoma’s “unacceptable” remarks following the organization’s decision to ban the Cowboys men’s basketball team from the 2022 playoffs. has a little over a week.
According to the NCAA, comments from Oklahoma state staff about their offenses have resulted in members and staff of the NCAA Volunteer Committee receiving threats and messages.
Immediately after the NCAA’s decision to dismiss the Cowboys’ November 3 appeal, head coach Mike Boynton and athletic director Chad Weiberg expressed deep frustration with Boynton removing names from the committee.
“The Offenses Committee: Alberto Gonzales, Joel Maturi, Gary Miller, Vince Nicastro, Larry Parkinson, Thomas Sullivan and I don’t know the name of the young man who is the General Counsel for Princeton (Sankar Suryanarayan). I can’t say it and I won’t try to slaughter it, “Boynton said Oklahoman.
“They slept well last night. They felt good about the work they were doing as I explained to 17 kids that their dreams of playing in the NCAA tournament this year couldn’t come true. “
Oklahoma State has been embroiled in a scandal stemming from the actions of former assistant coach Lamont Evans, who accepted bribes to influence student-athletes during the 2016-17 season. Evans, who received a 10-year NCAA rationale penalty, worked under former Cowboys coach Brad Underwood during the ’16-17 campaign.
However, Evans was fired after the investigation was revealed in September 2017, before current Cowboys coach Mike Boynton coached a game. The state of Oklahoma was allowed to compete in the NCAA tournament last year due to the NCAA’s lengthy appeal process.
Weiberg said the NCAA is the organization – after taking nearly five years to make a decision – should be punished.
“It’s the bad actors, the ones who bend and knowingly break the rules who should be punished. There is no point in punishing these student-athletes in this way, and it is further proof that the NCAA system is disconnected and broken. “, did he declare. Oklahoman.
As a result, the NCAA also said in the statement that changes needed to be made to the organization’s constitution and the Division I transformation process.
“We know that an adverse decision can be emotional, but personal attacks on individuals simply discharging their responsibilities are inappropriate, unethical and potentially dangerous,” the statement said.
The Cowboys’ punishment has sparked a backlash in the college basketball landscape because of its perceived unfairness to other programs involved in the corruption scandal, per Illustrated sportsIt’s Kevin Sweeney.
Oklahoma State (2-0) has won its first two games of the 2021 season and will face Oakland on Friday.
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