In 2017, Oklahoma State assistant basketball Lamont Evans was involved in a bribery scheme, leading to FBI and NCAA investigations. The University cooperated fully with both the FBI and NCAA. Within days of the news breaking, Evans was fired from the basketball program. A player on the team even admitted that Evans had given him a few hundred dollars. Now, in 2020, with a whole new coaching staff and no one from that year's team still playing for Oklahoma State University, the NCAA has imposed unreasonably harsh sanctions on the program, all of whom had no involvement in the case.
Among the sanctions handed down by the NCAA include a postseason ban for the 2020-2021 season and a scholarship reduction of three between the 2020-2021 season and the 2022-2023 season. These are on top of the University's self-imposed $10,000 fine in addition to 1% of the program's operating budget, and a lowered amount of official visits allowed for recruits for three years.
This petition is to show the NCAA that the punishment given to Oklahoma State University is overly harsh and unreasonable, and that the postseason ban should be lifted and the number of scholarships taken away should be reduced.