NCAA has dismissed the Oklahoma State Men’s Basketball appeal against the 2021 playoff ban decision, and head coach Mike Boynton is unhappy with the decision .
Images from the press conference following the NCAA decision have gone viral, showing Boynton wiping away tears as he discusses what the decision means for his team.
Here’s everything we know …
NCAA decision in Oklahoma state explained
Last year, the Cowboys were hit with numerous penalties by the NCAA after findings that showed former assistant coach Lamont Evans accepted up to $ 22,000 in bribes.
Oklahoma state received a one-year playoff ban, three-year probation and the loss of three scholarships over three seasons as well as several other recruiting penalties.
As the school immediately appealed the decision, they were allowed to compete in the NCAA tournament last season due to the pending appeal.
However, the NCAA has now dismissed the appeal, meaning the Cowboys’ men’s basketball program will not be eligible to make the 2022 playoffs.
Mike Boynton sheds tears as he discusses NCAA decision
Mike Boynton called the move “the biggest disappointment” of his head coaching career, and he was seen shedding tears throughout his speech at the press conference.
Boynton urged all NCAA staff involved in the case to meet with the team and “look each one in the eye and explain why wrongful behavior by a rogue assistant coach five years ago – behavior which did not result in any competitive advantage for our program, and for which the coach was fired immediately after its discovery by our administration – should serve as the basis for denying them the opportunity to experience the post-season tournament .
Fans react to Mike Boynton speech
One person wrote: “Mike Boynton’s emotions were justified. He is a great person and a leader. If anyone gets the program because of that, it’s him.
Another noted: “I watched part of Mike Boynton’s press conference. I have never seen a head coach call the NCAA as passionately as he did. He has every right to be upset.
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