OSU basketball: Mike Boynton 'frustrated' with NCAA sanctions on Alabama
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton is admittingly not fond of the NCAA’s punishment dealt to Alabama last week.
The Crimson Tide received a three-year probation and a $5,000 fine plus 1% of their operating budget after a former associate athletic director accepted bribes to facilitate a meeting between a player’s father and a financial adviser.
It’s part of the FBI investigation that ruled former OSU associate coach Lamont Evans accepted bribes to influence student-athletes from 2016-17.
Except OSU was dealt a one-year postseason ban along with three years of probation and the loss of three scholarships over three seasons.
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“I’m going to be honest — frustrated,” Boynton said about his reaction to Alabama’s punishment. “The situations seem very close in circumstance, very different in punishment and so frustrating would be the word I’d use.
“But at the end of the day, we have our process to go through. Alabama and Auburn has theirs. Only thing you ask for is kinda like a coach in the game with officiating. You want consistency. If it’s a touch foul on the other end, then it should be a touch foul over here. If it’s not a foul, then it’s not a foul both ways. That’s kind of where the frustration comes from.
“It just seems like there’s a wide gap between the punishment from what I can read — I don't know all the details of how it got adjudicated — but the crime per say seems pretty comparable. The punishment does not.”
Auburn elected to self-impose a one-year postseason ban over the weekend for its involvement in the case. Former associate head coach Chuck Person also accepted bribes to steer players to certain financial advisers.
OSU cooperated with the NCAA in the initial investigation, lobbying for a Level 2 punishment, which would not include a postseason ban. Instead, it received a Level 1 punishment.
The Cowboys have appealed.
That process is still ongoing. Boynton said it’s unclear if the university’s legal team will argue that the Alabama punishment should lessen the Cowboys’ punishment.
“I hope it’s something that can be acknowledged as, ‘Hey, we may have something to reconsider here,’” Boynton said.