“We have shown significant improvement over the last two years and we were able to demonstrate that we’ve taken strategies to address the areas where we were losing points,” said Kevin Fite, OSU’s director for compliance. “That’s why we received partial relief from the standard penalty.”
The program’s numbers were actually improved from a year ago, when OSU scored 926 over four years, but the NCAA raised its minimums for this season, from 900 for four years and 930 for two years, to 930 and 940.
Oklahoma State and New Mexico State were the only FBS schools to receive Level 1 penalties, while Nevada and Idaho were hit with postseason bans.
One factor impacting OSU over this four-year reporting period was players who remained on scholarship, yet focused on NFL Draft preparation in their final semester, while not completing their classwork.
Cowboys coach Mike Gundy and his staff now face the challenge of managing a limited work week.
OSU has recently utilized a light Sunday workout, before a day off Monday. One alternative could be to give the team Sunday and Monday off. Or the traditional Friday walk-through could be scrapped, especially for home games.