Oklahoma State basketball is in a pickle, per 247Sports. As is the NCAA.
As it stands, the Cowboys are eligible to participate in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The only thing that might change that is if the NCAA moves to rule Oklahoma State ineligible for the postseason, a ban that dates back former assistant Lamont Evans allegedly taking $22,000 in bribe money. In all, it’s a total mess – on the both the NCAA’s side and out in Stillwater.
Take this rumbling in 247Sports’ report on the matter.
“It’s a clear case of the NCAA Committee on Infractions over-punishing Oklahoma State because of the actions of one person,” said ESPN analyst Jay Bilas during Oklahoma State’s road game at No. 3 Baylor Thursday. “South Carolina had the same issue with [Lamont Evans] and they got two years of probation. I believe Oklahoma State has a very good case in their appeal. If the case isn’t decided by basically the start of the Big 12 Tournament, you’ll see Oklahoma State play in the Big 12 Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. But I think given that Georgia Tech was just successful on its appeal and how South Carolina was punished for the exact same thing — I think Oklahoma State has a good case on its appeal.
“I happen to agree — I didn’t earlier, as I thought that the appeal would be difficult to win and it was a decision to sacrifice maybe next year’s tournament for this year’s tournament — that they’re doing the right thing. Play this year, because you’re going to win your appeal. And I believe they’re going to win their appeal ... I think based on the punishment of South Carolina, which was two years of probation and that’s the end of it that just shows that Oklahoma State was mistreated with some might say draconian penalties. I don’t think it’s draconian, [they are] byzantine [penalties.] But just completely wrong.”
I guess we’ll see how it eventually unfolds.
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