NCAA announces sanctions for Oklahoma State basketball program, including postseason ban
The NCAA just came down hard on Oklahoma State — the Cowboys have been banned from playing in the next NCAA Tournament.
Following an investigation into the school’s basketball program, the NCAA found that former assistant coach accepted between $18,150 and $22,000 from financial advisors help steer recruits to the school. The NCAA has not named the former assistant at the center of the investigation.
If you were unaware, Oklahoma State signed the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting cycle in Texas native, Cade Cunningham. The five-star guard picked Oklahoma State over Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida, among others.
Here is what the NCAA said following the investigation into Oklahoma State:
“The conduct at issue in this case was related to a broader scheme that involved money and influence at the intersection of college and professional basketball. The scheme resulted in the arrest and prosecution of multiple individuals — including college basketball coaches — on conspiracy and bribery charges, and it led to significant NCAA reforms.”
According to the NCAA, the former Oklahoma State assistant refused to cooperate with the investigation.
Here is a full list of the sanctions handed down by the NCAA to the Oklahoma State program on Friday:
- Three years of probation.
- A 2020-21 postseason ban for the men’s basketball team.
- A $10,000 fine plus 1% of the men’s basketball program budget (self-imposed by the university).
- A reduction of men’s basketball scholarships by a total of three during the 2020-21 through 2022-23 academic years.
- A reduction of men’s basketball official visits to 25 during the 2018-19/2019-20 rolling two-year period and to 18 during the 2019-20/2020-21 rolling two-year period (self-imposed by the university).
- A prohibition of men’s basketball unofficial visits for two weeks during the fall of 2020 and two weeks during the fall of 2021 (self-imposed by the university). The university also must prohibit unofficial visits for three additional weeks during the fall of 2020, 2021 and/or 2022.
- A prohibition of men’s basketball telephone recruiting for a one-week period during the 2020-21 academic year (self-imposed by the university). The university also must prohibit telephone recruiting for six additional weeks during the probation period.
- A reduction in the number of men’s basketball recruiting person days by 12 during the 2019-20 academic year (self-imposed by the university). The university also must reduce the number of recruiting person days by five during the 2020-21 academic year.
- A 10-year show-cause order for the former associate head coach. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must restrict him from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply.
- A prohibition of the men’s basketball staff from participating in off-campus evaluations for three consecutive days during the summer evaluation periods in 2020 (self-imposed by the university).