NCAA denies Oklahoma State's appeal of men's basketball postseason ban

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Oklahoma State's appeal of the NCAA sanctions suspending the men's basketball team from the upcoming postseason was denied Wednesday morning.

The school has a news conference scheduled for noon ET to address the situation.

The punishment stems from an investigation that ruled former Cowboys associate coach Lamont Evans accepted bribes to influence student-athletes from 2016-17.

Oklahoma State was punished 17 months ago by the NCAA, receiving a one-year postseason ban, three-year probation and the loss of three scholarships over three seasons along with several other recruiting penalties.

Oklahoma State guard Avery Anderson III (0) drives to the basket against the defense of West Virginia forward Derek Culver (1) during the first half at WVU Coliseum.
Oklahoma State guard Avery Anderson III (0) drives to the basket against the defense of West Virginia forward Derek Culver (1) during the first half at WVU Coliseum.

The school immediately appealed the ruling, which allowed it to play in the NCAA tournament last season due to the pending appeal.

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“I recently noted that the time taken for a decision on our appeal was unfathomable,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said in a release. “So too was the outcome, not to mention incredibly unjust and unfair.

“I invite members of the NCAA enforcement staff, it’s Committee on Infractions, and appeals panel involved in our case to meet with my team, to look each of them in their eyes and explain why illicit conduct committed by a rogue assistant coach five years ago – conduct which led to no competitive advantage for our program, and for which the coach was fired immediately upon discovery by our administration – should serve as a basis for denying them the opportunity to experience postseason tournament play. This is the greatest disappointment in my career as a head coach.”

In its statement Wednesday morning, the NCAA said that "the appeals committee determined the infractions panel had not abused its discretion in the determination of the level of this case or in the weighing of the aggravating and mitigating factors, the appealed penalties were upheld."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Oklahoma State basketball has NCAA appeal of postseason band denied