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OSU basketball: Mike Boynton's ejection goes viral

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton has given up social media for the month, so he had yet to see his first-ever ejection become a viral sensation.

But he had heard about it by Monday morning.

In a video that’s circulated thousands of times throughout social media since Saturday evening, Boynton has already been ejected from the 78-70 loss at No. 1-ranked Baylor with 9.1 seconds remaining.

But he stops near Baylor’s free-throw line, slaps Baylor’s MaCio Teague on the butt and then shakes the hand of each Baylor coach and player on the bench before exiting.

It’s been called classy. 

Boynton just felt it was the right thing to do, even in the middle of a moment of anger.

“I hope my actions didn’t take away from what was a really good college basketball game, in my opinion,” Boynton said. “I want to make sure I give these guys the best I can, and doing that my job is to also be an example to them. 

“And even though an ejection, that was important that the Baylor players and staff know that, they played a good game, congratulations on what's been a really, really good season for them. And unless we play them again, which could happen in the conference tournament, I wish them all success they can have moving forward.”

Boynton said Monday morning that he had not spoken with Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby about the ejection. But he did speak with Big 12 coordinator of officials Curtis Shaw.

Boynton also said he had never been ejected before as a coach. He wasn’t entirely sure about being ejected as a player, but he could not recall.

“I usually try to be pretty mild mannered,” Boynton said. “But at that point, I thought it was important for our players to know that I’m going to have their backs.”

Baylor made 11 free throws and no field goals in the final 3:49 of the game. OSU was also assessed 31 total fouls in the game.

OSU star Isaac Likekele was called for an offensive foul on a layup that he made with 1:07 remaining that would have cut OSU’s deficit to two. It was that play Boynton felt his emotions were warranted.

“I know people who don't necessarily watch, look at the final score and look at our record and say, ‘Man, that coach is really an idiot. You know, he's got a team that’s got one win in Big 12 play and they lose by eight points and he gets ejected and everybody thinks it's the officials,’” Boynton said.

“Well, if you watch the game and then you know that's not how it played out.”

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Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton walks off the court after being ejected during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte)

Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton walks off the court after being ejected during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte)

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Jacob Unruh

Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›

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