NCAA FB

Oklahoma St. coach unfazed by charges

Share This Story

Thayer Evans

Senior College Football writer Thayer Evans previously wrote for The New York Times and Houston Chronicle, as well as contributed to The Economist, USA Today, The Washington Post and more. Follow him on Twitter.

MORE>>
 
   
 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy maintains his program has been cleared of any potential wrongdoing by a Perkins, Okla., man who has already provided at least one impermissible benefit to a Cowboys football player.

COWBOYS IN TROUBLE?

Oklahoma State officials admit they self-reported potential NCAA violations involving such Cowboys players as star wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

Gundy spoke confidently Friday about Oklahoma State’s investigation into Gannon Mendez, who faces allegations of other violations involving OSU players such as star wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

“Our compliance handled that and they cleared us of all that,” Gundy said at Fiesta Bowl media day as he addressed FOXSports.com’s report Thursday about Mendez and the university’s subsequent investigation that revealed two violations.

The probe uncovered that Mendez bought a $5 drink at a bar for a player, and OSU self-reported itself to the NCAA. Kevin Fite, the university’s associate athletics director of compliance, declined to identify the player, citing a student privacy law.

Oklahoma State also found that two players sold Xbox 360 with Kinect video game systems — gifts from the Alamo Bowl last year — to athletic department employees who did not know such transactions violated NCAA rules. The university self-reported the video game sales and the issue has been resolved with the NCAA, Fite said.

NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson has declined comment about Oklahoma State and Mendez, citing the NCAA’s policy of not commenting on potential, pending or current investigations.

Oklahoma State compliance officials still want to talk with Mendez, who has refused to meet with the university and has declined repeated interview requests by FOXSports.com.

Mendez has said he charged $50 for every item Blackmon and two other players autographed last year at Mendez’s stepdaughter’s birthday party, according to a source who spoke with FOXSports.com only on the condition of anonymity.

bowl season action gallery

Sensational Sammy

Clemson star WR Sammy Watkins is just one BCS bowl players to watch
this postsason.

According to the source, Mendez said he split with Blackmon the $300 someone paid for a piece of paper on which the player had doodled. In additiion, two sources told FOXSports.com that Mendez sold Oklahoma State football players’ guest passes and Xboxes from the Alamo Bowl.

Mendez also provided Oklahoma State football players with drinks and meals and took them golfing at The Golf Club at Cimarron Trails in Perkins, which is located behind his house, one of the sources said.

Fite said Blackmon admitted he attended Gannon’s stepdaughter’s birthday party but denied any of the alleged wrongdoing. When FOXSports.com asked Blackmon about Mendez on Thursday, he said he did not know Mendez, despite a photograph that shows him at Mendez’s stepdaughter’s birthday party.

Blackmon had a similar answer Friday when again asked about Mendez.

“I don’t know who that is,” Blackmon said. “You can talk to them about it. The compliance people.”

Said Gundy when asked by FOXSports.com what he knew about Mendez: “Don’t know him.”

Asked if Blackmon will play in the third-ranked Cowboys’ Fiesta Bowl appearance against No. 4 Stanford (11-1), Gundy looked coyly to his left and then right before answering the question.

“Yeah,” he said with a smile. “I hope.”

Tagged: Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Justin Blackmon

More Stories From Thayer Evans

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

College Football Pick'em on FOX


NCAA FB Videos

Sumlin annoyed by media's Manziel questions Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Kevin Sumlin responds to questions about life after Johnny Football by toying wi...

AJ Pasquale's journey back to UCLA Posted: Jun 17, 2014
UCLA football ops intern AJ Pasquale describes his own personal journey after th...

Winston issued adult civil citation Posted: Apr 30, 2014
Get the latest news surrounding Jameis Winston's recent shoplifting fiasco.

Get Inside the Locker Room with Scout.com

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike Florida Gators Gridiron 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - Royal Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_Gators/browse/featuredproduct/759777/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_759000/ff_759777_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Florida Gators Gridiron 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - Royal Blue
    Nike Michigan State Spartans Football 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - White http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Michigan_State_Spartans/browse/featuredproduct/760171/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_760000/ff_760171_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Michigan State Spartans Football 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - White
    Nike USC Trojans Fight On My School T-Shirt - Cardinal http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_USC_Trojans/browse/featuredproduct/761373/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_761000/ff_761373_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike USC Trojans Fight On My School T-Shirt - Cardinal
    Nike Alabama Crimson Tide Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Crimson http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Alabama_Crimson_Tide/browse/featuredproduct/829709/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_829000/ff_829709_xl.jpg&w=100 64.95 Nike Alabama Crimson Tide Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Crimso..
    Nike LSU Tigers Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Purple http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_LSU_Tigers/browse/featuredproduct/829740/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_829000/ff_829740_xl.jpg&w=100 49.99 Nike LSU Tigers Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Purple
    Nike Oklahoma Sooners Legacy 91 Dri-FIT Adjustable Coaches Cap - Crimson http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Oklahoma_Sooners/browse/featuredproduct/830935/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_830000/ff_830935_xl.jpg&w=100 21.95 Nike Oklahoma Sooners Legacy 91 Dri-FIT Adjustable Coaches Cap - Crimson
    adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hot Sideline Jacket - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Notre_Dame_Fighting_Irish/browse/featuredproduct/861243/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_861000/ff_861243_xl.jpg&w=100 69.95 adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hot Sideline Jacket - Navy Blue
    adidas Nebraska Cornhuskers Sideline Hot Quarter Zip Jacket - Scarlet http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Nebraska_Cornhuskers/browse/featuredproduct/861247/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_861000/ff_861247_xl.jpg&w=100 69.95 adidas Nebraska Cornhuskers Sideline Hot Quarter Zip Jacket - Scarlet
    Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Players Locker Room Snapback Hat - Charcoal/Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Alabama_Crimson_Tide/browse/featuredproduct/1087345/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1087000/ff_1087345_xl.jpg&w=100 29.95 Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Players Locker Room Snapba..
    Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Alabama_Crimson_Tide/browse/featuredproduct/1093431/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1093000/ff_1093431_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt - Ash