Right before the 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, news broke that would shake Oklahoma State's basketball program.
Although the news of the NCAA declining the Cowboys appeal had a lot of local media coverage, it didn’t take long for national news outlets and media figures to share their thoughts on the ruling.
Due to the severity of the repercussions for the Cowboys, the college basketball media landscape had lots to say.
Here's what top analysts had to say about the punishment.
Bilas, was one of the notable names that shared their criticism with the NCAA very openly.
This is so tone deaf and wrong by the NCAA. Inexcusable. The NCAA’s horrible reputation is well earned. https://t.co/9ZFQARviHG— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) November 3, 2021
The former Duke basketball player, and now top basketball analyst for ESPN, sounded off on the NCAA, in particular, the closing line of his tweet “The NCAA’s horrible reputation is well earned.”
For one of the most notable analysts to call out the organization of the sport he not only covers, but once was a part of himself, says a lot about how the NCAA is perceived.
The NCAA slapped unprecedented penalties on Oklahoma State…and Oklahoma State fully cooperated. The NCAA’s clear message? Don’t cooperate. Ever. The NCAA has earned its poor reputation. https://t.co/th09BZ29bt— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) November 4, 2021
In a separate tweet, Bilas quoted a video of Cowboys head coach Mike Boynton fighting tears in the Wednesday morning press conference. Bilas called the Cowboys punishment “unprecedented penalties,” and once again reiterated that the poor reputation the NCAA has is deserved.
Talk about another legend chiming in.
Punishment laid out by the @NCAA in regards to ex @OSUMBB Ass’t Coach Lamont Evans was proper as he was responsible for the violations . Now to penalize ALL innocent parties by banning them from @marchmadness is totally UNFAIR . https://t.co/s6vDUG2on1— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) November 3, 2021
Vitale was another well-respected media member that shared his thoughts on the ruling for the Cowboys, and he was quite straightforward as well. Vitale quoted an article written by The Oklahoman and called it “totally unfair” that all the innocent parties will be paying the price for former coach Lamont Evans’ mistakes.
It is clear he feels very strongly about how the NCAA handled this ruling.
Fraschilla, an ESPN analyst and former college basketball coach also had some NCAA slander on his timeline.
There’s no justification for this harsh a penalty given the circumstances of the case. Worse, the lack of transparency by NCAA enforcement arm gives us the sense that all of this is arbitrary based on the school involved. We are witnessing the the beginning of the end. https://t.co/NiykFbCeGc— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) November 3, 2021
Fraschilla at first highlighted the harshness of the ruling, but then called the NCAA out for their lack of transparency with OSU during this time. Even with him having an interesting tweet from beginning to end, the eye popping statement was the last line, as Fraschilla says: “We are witnessing the beginning of the end.”
Possibly he is right, and because of this case, the NCAA may have to change things. For now, the only certain thing is the outrage this ruling has already caused.