Oklahoma State Investigating NCAA Infractions: Should Cowboys Be Worried?

Johnathan CaceCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2011

AMES, IA - NOVEMBER 18:  Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys leaves the field at halftime against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium November 18, 2011 in Ames, Iowa.  (Photo by Reese Strickland/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State is having its best season in school history and was a couple of plays away from playing for the national championship.

However, according to a FOX Sports report by Thayer Evans, it could all be a huge waste of time. Justin Blackmon, Kendall Hunter and Hubert Anyiam have reportedly received illicit benefits from Gannon Mendez.

The report stated the players attended Mendez’s step-daughter’s birthday party where he bragged about selling the players’ autographs and splitting the profits. He also apparently sold electronics for the players.

The university also self-reported the sale of bowl-gifted Xboxes to staff in the athletic department.

The Cowboys have every reason in the world to be worried.

Blackmon has played in every game since 2009 and Hunter was the featured running back in 2010 and 2008, appearing in eight games in 2009. If these players are determined to have received these benefits during their playing time, they will retroactively be ruled ineligible, thus forcing the team to vacate all of those wins.

Is this the worst offense in the world? Not at all—Miami proved that this year. However, it’s still a definite reason to be concerned.

Head coach Mike Gundy has banned his players from talking with Mendez. He has declined to speak with investigators from the school, NCAA and FOX Sports, which may or may not be a good thing for those involved.

After the insanity of everything that happened off the field this year in college sports, none of this is surprising anymore, but until further notice, Oklahoma State fans need to keep a close eye on this developing story.