The NCAA has rejected Oklahoma State’s appeal regarding its postseason ban and the Cowboys will not be eligible for the 2022 postseason, a source confirmed to Pistols Firing on Wednesday morning.
The ruling was handed down this week and news was delivered to the players Tuesday night. It comes a week before the 2021-22 season was set to begin.
Matt Norlander at CBS Sports first reported the news.
Oklahoma State athletic director Chad Weiberg and men’s basketball coach Mike Boynton will hold a press conference Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. central time to discuss the decision.
OSU lost out on every step of its appeal, an unprecedented decision given its cooperation with the investigation and the scope of the case. It was handed the ban after former assistant coach, Lamont Evans, was caught using his influence to steer players to certain financial advisers.
OSU seems to have been made an example of by the NCAA which could explain why it faced such a heavy-handed punishment. It is the first of the schools who were involved in the FBI scandal to be formally punished and, with the appeal done, to have its case officially resolved.
The Cowboys were picked to finish in the top half of the Big 12 this preseason with a core led by Avery Anderson, Isaac Likekele, Kalib Boone and transfers Moussa Cisse and Bryce Thompson. They will be eligible to compete during the regular season but unable to play in the Big 12 or NCAA Tournaments.
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