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‘I was surprised’: Jeff Goodman weighs in on sanctions

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OSU coach Mike Boynton has his head in his hands during the Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State men's basketball game on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

When the NCAA announced its sanctions placed on the Oklahoma State men’s basketball program it sent the basketball world into a frenzy.

Emotions were high for the hours after the announcement, and still days’ later people are still sorting out what this punishment means to the basketball world. Leaving more questions than answers.  

Stadium’s Jeff Goodman said he wasn’t expecting to hear of the penalties against OSU.

“I mean I was surprised just because I think more than anything I didn’t expect them to be first,” Goodman told the O’Colly. “You know, for some reason I wasn’t ready for it. Like if they had been behind NC State and NC State had already gotten a one-year postseason ban we all would have looked at it and say, ‘Oh boy everyone better be careful now,’ but because Oklahoma State was the first one, and no one really knew they didn’t appeal their process was kind of pushed a long a lot quicker than the other schools.”

Goodman expected coaches to be the target of the punishments. Expecting suspensions for some, but because Boynton had not been the head coach at the time of the violation and served as head coach over Lamont Evans for only a few months the OSU case was different.

“Now for some, I think Kansas will get a postseason ban maybe multiple years,” Goodman said. “But I felt for a lot of these it would be coaches control now with Oklahoma State it’s obviously a little bit different because Boynton was only, as he told me the other day, he was only kind of the head coach for a matter of four or five months before this thing broke, so his deal is a little bit different. But I think with coaches control Shaun Miller might get a year suspension, Bruce Pearl might get a year suspension and some of these other guys instead of a postseason ban.”

There are many questions that remain unanswered after the NCAA sanctions were revealed. Will South Carolina, Lamont Evans previous job, get punished at the same level as OSU? Questions also surround Brad Underwood and all other coaches involved in the multi-layered NCAA and FBI investigations.

“I mean (South Carolina) should (face sanctions),” Goodman said. “Unless you are just basing it on the part with Jeffery Carroll. You know, unless you’re just basing it off the $300 or whatever it was that Lamont Evans gave Jeffery Carroll, but I think when you look at overall it would be hard not to hit South Carolina since he was there as well. The other part is Brad Underwood is the head coach. I just don’t know how this whole thing is going to play out with coaches and coaches control.”

The incident that the sanctions stem from happened during Brad Underwood’s short tenure at the helm of the OSU program. Since Underwood is no longer at OSU Goodman said it’ll be interesting to watch the rest of the story unfold.

“Yeah, I mean again it’s hard because what do you do in these situation?” Goodman said. Underwood was the head coach when it happened generally when that is the case there is some coach control. Does anything happen with that or does he skate on this and be fortunate? I think it’s going to depend on what else happens to some of the other head coaches that were not found to be intimately involved in having their fingerprints on it.”

Unlike most schools who have received notice of allegations stemming from the FBI probe OSU’s case did not go through the new independent appeal process. Goodman said that all of the cases involving infractions should go through independent reviews.

“That’s the part I still can’t wrap my arms around, why the NCAA would put this through the committee of infractions and all these other schools are going to end up, mostly I would think, going through this new independent infractions process that just launched in the last six months or so,” Goodman said. “They should all go through that. These are high profile cases they should all go through an independent process instead of having people being the judge and jury that have an affiliation, that have a dog in the fight so to speak, because they are all apart of the NCAA in some way or another.”