The NCAA has rejected an appeal by the Oklahoma State Cowboys to overturn the program’s one-year postseason ban. With that decision made the Cowboys will not be eligible to play in the 2022 NCAA Tournament or any other smaller postseason basketball tournament in 2022. The team appealed the decision last year in a likely attempt to delay the decision to this year. Last year the program had standout star Cade Cunningham who got to play in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. This NCAA decision has been met with mixed at best reviews.
Oklahoma State basketball will not be allowed to compete in the postseason after their appeal was denied by the NCAA.
All because of SELF REPORTED violations by an assistant coach in 2016.
This freshman class was in 7th grade. And they’re the ones punished. What a joke #OKState
— TJ Eckert (@TJEckertKTUL) November 3, 2021
Oklahoma State didn’t hold back in its statements about the NCAA’s postseason ban: pic.twitter.com/CO3s3luA7O
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 3, 2021
Oklahoma State Cowboys Head Coach Mike Boynton released the following statement after the decision was announced: “I am disappointed, disgusted, appalled, frustrated, but somewhere in Indianapolis there’s a group of people celebrating.” This is an unfortunate decision by the NCAA that ultimately punishes players that were nowhere near college age when this even allegedly happened.
Wow: OSU’s ban is believed to be the first in NCAA history wherein a school has received a ban without being assessed one of these five major violations: head coach responsibility charge; lack of institutional control; failure to monitor; any recruiting violation; academic fraud.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) November 3, 2021
The NCAA has made its decision and the Oklahoma State Cowboys will not play postseason basketball in 2022. This will likely continue the long-standing debate about the slow process and lack of transparency within the NCAA.