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Column: NCAA Holds OSU Accountable for Lamont Evans, Reprimands OSU for Holding NCAA Officials Accountable

The NCAA does it again.

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The NCAA held Oklahoma State accountable for employing Lamont Evans, but the NCAA took umbrage with Mike Boynton holding individuals accountable for takings his student-athletes’ dreams away.

That’s where we are at.

The NCAA didn’t specifically point to Boynton naming 16 NCAA officials as to why the organization released a statement Thursday night condemning OSU’s response to the Cowboy basketball team’s appeal being denied. But, the NCAA hasn’t been publicly specific with a handful of questions regarding OSU’s case.

Questions like:

  1. Why did South Carolina’s punishment not rival Oklahoma State’s despite both involving Lamont Evans?
  2. Why is the NCAA punishing players who weren’t in Stillwater when the events of this took place?
  3. Why is Oklahoma State receiving a postseason ban despite not being hit with a lack on institutional control, head coach responsibility, failure to monitor, academic fraud of misconduct, participation of ineligible players, or recruiting violations?

A week-plus from Boynton mentioning those 16 names, that particular aspect of this outrage had nearly blown over. The NCAA has sparked it again, as OSU fans go back and find the names of Stan Wilcox, Jon Duncan, Russell Register, Sherika Montgomery, Ellen Ferris, Anthony Jenkins, Jonathan Alger, Allison Rich, David Shipley, Alberto Gonzales, Joel Maturi, Gary Miller, Vincent Nicastro, Larry Parkinson, Thomas Sullivan and Sankar Suryanarayan.

That’s not even to mention that in the NCAA’s release, the NCAA, by name, listed the individuals on the committee. I had seen emails of those individuals listed before Boynton said their names.

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This was the NCAA being embarrassed and lashing out like a child, making its embarrassment even worse. It cut off its nose to spite its face.

Lamont Evans took bribery money to steer student-athletes to financial advisers, which didn’t give OSU a competitive advantage but rather lined Evans’ own pockets. OSU fired him when it found out about this through the FBI.

It was then that the NCAA came in, wielding its authoritarian stick, and holding OSU accountable for having Evans on staff. But when Boynton held NCAA officials accountable for punishing his kids for something they didn’t do, the NCAA called it “unacceptable.”

This is where things are at with the NCAA.

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