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OSU basketball: Cowboys announce plans to appeal NCAA penalties

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State announced Friday afternoon its intention to appeal the NCAA’s ruling of a one-year postseason ban and other penalties against the men’s basketball team after a former coach accepted bribes to influence student-athletes.

“The University is stunned by the severity of the penalties and strongly disagrees with them,” the university announced in a release. “The penalties do not align with the facts and are unfair and unjust.”

The Cowboys received the one-year ban, a loss of three scholarships for the next three seasons and a $10,000 fine among other recruiting penalties.

The ruling stems from an FBI probe that found former Cowboys assistant Lamont Evans was found to have accepted bribes to link players with bribe-paying managers and financial advisers from April 2016 through September 2017.

The investigation did not include other current OSU coaches or players.

OSU cooperated throughout the process. But that still did not lessen the severity of the penalties from the NCAA.

“In this case, this was a fairly straightforward application of the penalty guidelines that the membership approved,” said Larry Parkinson, who is the chief hearing officer for the NCAA Committee on Infractions. “It’s a Violation Level 1 standard case, and particularly with respect to the postseason bans the penalty guidelines provide that for a Level 1 standard case the postseason ban under the penalty matrix should be one or two years.

“We obviously gave the lower end. Part of that was the recognition of how well the institution cooperated with the enforcement staff and with the entire process. 

“If they had not, maybe the result would have been different. But they fully cooperated and got the benefit of the doubt.”

OSU has until June 20 to file an appeal, which will be heard by the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee. It’s the final step in the infractions process.

“The NCAA appears to have made an arbitrary decision in the sanctions applied to the institution for the egregious actions committed by a former coach that did not result in any benefit for the University,” OSU said to close its statement.

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Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton looks toward his team during an NCAA basketball game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Texas Longhorns at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Oklahoma State lost 76-64. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton looks toward his team during an NCAA basketball game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Texas Longhorns at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Oklahoma State lost 76-64. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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