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Oklahoma State gets one-year postseason ban for part in college hoops scandal

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The NCAA just handed down its first punishment to a school tied to the college hoops scandal and it will directly impact one of the sport’s brightest new stars.

Oklahoma State has been given a one-year postseason ban (effective in the 2020-21 season), three years of probation, a fine, and other recruiting restrictions for former associate head coach Lamont Turner’s involvement in the pay-for-play scheme. Turner accepted between $18,150 and $22,000 in bribes from two financial advisors to influence student-athletes to retain their services once they reached the NBA. This news means that Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 incoming freshman who chose the Cowboys over Kentucky back in November 2019, will not be able to participate in the NCAA Tournament. Whether or not Cunningham, a five-star guard from Texas, will be allowed out of his letter of intent remains to be seen.

“The conduct at issue in this case was related to a broader scheme that involved money and influence at the intersection of college and professional basketball,” the Division I Committee on Infractions said in its decision. “The scheme resulted in the arrest and prosecution of multiple individuals — including college basketball coaches — on conspiracy and bribery charges, and it led to significant NCAA reforms.”

Here is the complete list of penalties:

  • Three years of probation.
  • A 2020-21 postseason ban for the men’s basketball team.
  • A $10,000 fine plus 1% of the men’s basketball program budget (self-imposed by the university).
  • A reduction of men’s basketball scholarships by a total of three during the 2020-21 through 2022-23 academic years.
  • A reduction of men’s basketball official visits to 25 during the 2018-19/2019-20 rolling two-year period and to 18 during the 2019-20/2020-21 rolling two-year period (self-imposed by the university).
  • A prohibition of men’s basketball unofficial visits for two weeks during the fall of 2020 and two weeks during the fall of 2021 (self-imposed by the university). The university also must prohibit unofficial visits for three additional weeks during the fall of 2020, 2021 and/or 2022.
  • A prohibition of men’s basketball telephone recruiting for a one-week period during the 2020-21 academic year (self-imposed by the university). The university also must prohibit telephone recruiting for six additional weeks during the probation period.
  • A reduction in the number of men’s basketball recruiting person days by 12 during the 2019-20 academic year (self-imposed by the university). The university also must reduce the number of recruiting person days by five during the 2020-21 academic year.
  • A 10-year show-cause order for the former associate head coach. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must restrict him from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply.
  • A prohibition of the men’s basketball staff from participating in off-campus evaluations for three consecutive days during the summer evaluation periods in 2020 (self-imposed by the university).

When you look at these penalties and compare what Turner did to what coaches at LSU, Kansas, Louisville, and Arizona did, well, those programs better prepare themselves. Oklahoma State and Turner committed one Level I violation. Kansas is facing five.

Read more about the NCAA’s decision at the link below.

[NCAA]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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23 Comments for Oklahoma State gets one-year postseason ban for part in college hoops scandal



  1. blueballs80
    12:38 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Sucks for Cade! I still think he stays out of loyalty due to his brother being there.



  2. DelrayCat
    12:39 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Why would he want out of his letter? Does anyone think OSU was a legit threat for the title or even a tourney team? OSU hired his brother, that’s why he was there. Now he won’t have to worry about all those pesky post-season games and practices and can jump straight to NBA prep at the end of regular season. The whole “what will Cade Cunningham do now” is such an irrelevant part of this story.



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      12:42 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Um…so he can play in the NCAA Tournament?



    • lexattorney
      1:19 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      If this were the case he would not be in Stillwater.



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      12:47 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Irrelevant?!? Of course it is relevant. The only reason many of these sure fire one and dones play college bb is to play in the NCAA tournament.



    • DelrayCat
      12:54 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      I say irrelevant just because I think it is a done deal he stays put. I just don’t think he’d bail on playing for his brother, but I could be wrong. And I hope I am wrong!… and he takes another look at the cats. Cal could use a 6-7 point guard pretty well me thinks.



  3. Cokely53
    12:52 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    I see him going to the G league before he goes to a different school. But I don’t see him leaving OKST. That being said… could you imagine if he came here and we got Sarr eligible? That would be a fun team to watch



    • T-Town Cat
      1:01 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      This. If he goes anywhere, it will be to the G League.



    • UKBigBlueForever
      8:17 am June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Wrong. He already turned down GLeague



  4. Lip Man 1
    12:53 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    OSU is now appealing the decision.



    • kentuckybackupplayer
      1:02 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      they should use the UNC lawyers, they are masters of getting away with everything.



    • UKFanSC
      2:32 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Ha !! Indeed !!



    • T-Town Cat
      2:37 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Or just go out with middle fingers up like Kansas and bring in Snoop Dogg, stripper pokes, and giant blunts!



    • BobbyBlue
      4:54 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Kansas is one of the cash vows for Emmert and somehow will appeal their 5 level one charges Down to only a couple, and Self will be long home before punishment of any kind is levied.



    • BobbyBlue
      4:55 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Cows— I hate spell check !!!!!



    • Megan
      7:04 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      You don’t have to make up a spell check defense, Bobby. V is right next to C on the keyboard/keypad. It’s pretty obvious what happened. We all do it. We all understand. So it’s kind of embarrassing that you feel the need to blame it on something other than yourself. That’s awfully Trump of you. Look, I’m going to purposefully type “cash vows” and see what happens. mmm … nothing. No spell check. No underline. Maybe because “vows” is a correctly spelled word.

      Kansas is one of the cash vows for Emmert. Nope, nothing. All clear on the spell check front.

      In short, just let it go next time. Or do the usual *cows.



  5. T-Town Cat
    2:38 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    “Poles”, not “pokes”, although I guess either would be applicable.



  6. VilleCat11
    3:06 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    And some how Kansas sits with nothing…



    • Megan
      6:45 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Patience, grasshopper.



  7. kentuckybackupplayer
    7:57 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Megan I bet you are a fun date especially when someone tries to cover up a mistake in your presence. Holy Sh$t here she comes, look out.



  8. Lip Man 1
    8:00 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink


  9. bbn cricket
    10:24 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    let’s stay positive that ncaa will let us have Sarr..that;’s what I care about. You know ncaa moves to a drummer that only they can hear!



  10. lexattorney
    10:59 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    I envision a date with Megan being like the old skit Adam Sandler did back when he was funny where the buffoon went on a date with the school valedictorian. If you’ve never heard it do yourself a favor and look it up.